Discover the charms of the Kāpiti Coast
Head north out of Wellington and time seems to shift as the air becomes salty, the sky seems bigger and roads are swapped out for sand
Nose the car towards the Southward Car Museum, where more than 500 highly covetable vehicles, including Marlene Dietrich’s Cadillac, are the star attraction. Even if you wouldn’t describe yourself as a petrol head, you’ll find something to like at this $20 million museum which began life when Len Southward bought a Model T Ford in 1956 for £40. One thing led to another, and the result is a fascinating shrine to all things vehicular, from a sleek red Ferrari worth a cool five million dollars to New Zealand’s first ever car.
You’ll probably want to work off some of the great local food and craft beer with a walk around the Paekākāriki Escarpment. This track, part of the national Te Araroa Walkway, opened in 2016 and runs from Paekākāriki to Pukerua Bay, a 10km stretch that takes around 2.5 hours to complete – longer if you’ve got an itchy camera finger.
Fortunately, Kāpiti doesn’t mind if you come for its beaches, its walkways, nature reserves or cuisine; it will welcome you with open arms and invite you to share its many experiences. With 13 flights a week from Auckland to Kāpiti Coast Airport, not to mention from other New Zealand hubs, now is the time to discover the charms of the Kāpiti Coast.