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Kāpiti boasts 40kms of unspoilt beaches, a warm climate and friendly people – the perfect place to enjoy real Kiwi experiences. An hour north of Wellington, Kāpiti is easy to get to on the Wellington rail network, State Highway 1 or via Kāpiti Coast Airport.
The quaint village atmosphere and rolling coastal landscape is sheltered by Kāpiti Island. Regardless of the season we can offer visitors a place to escape from their busy lives. Whether you want a leisurely stroll or a picnic, to sip wine by the beach at sunset or play golf at a world renowned golf course, you will feel at home in Kāpiti.
Kāpiti was home to the 15,000 US Marines in WWII, and the first Chinese settlers in the 1800’s. It is home now to many artists attracted by the relaxed lifestyle, stunning coastal landscapes and amazing wildlife. If you want to wake to the rolling surf, or a native bird dawn chorus, and take home memories of cheeky kakas, takahe, tuatara, gecko or night spotting kiwi, visiting Kāpiti is a must.
Kids and adults love soaking up the atmosphere at the internationally renowned Southward Car Museum. Whether it is getting up close to a Chicago gangster limo complete with bullet holes, seeing a rare Davis three wheeler, or stepping back to the cars of the 60’s and 70’s, take a couple of hours, charge up your camera and you will not be disappointed.
To capture the magic of Kapiti at a more leisurely pace, explore the hidden delights of Kāpiti’s many walkways and cycleways. The trails on the Waikanae River are popular with horse riders, and walkers and cyclists of all ages. View the Walking & Cycling Brochure [PDF, 764kb, 1 page].