Top things to see and do in Kāpiti

Drone shot of kapiti island from the north end, where it is shaped like a heart.
Drone shot of kapiti island from the north end, where it is shaped like a heart.

Visit one of New Zealand’s most accessible nature reserves

Kāpiti Boating Club, Paraparaumu Beach, Kāpiti Coast

Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most important nature reserves, and a place rich in human history. A dominant feature of the Kāpiti coastline, the island is home to many endangered species.

Visitors can spend a day exploring the island or opt to stay overnight with the option to go glamping or stay in a cabin for an authentic Kiwi lodge experience. The night stay includes an opportunity to go out and catch a glimpse of one of 1,400 little spotted kiwi who call Kapiti Island home.

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See the coast from the skies

Kapiti Heliworx 60 Toru Road, Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu

Discover the Kāpiti Coast by air on an exciting helicopter ride with Kāpiti Heliworx.

Owned and run by pilot and flight instructor Dennis Young, Kāpiti Heliwox offers a range of exciting helicopter experiences. Indulge in an exclusive helicopter lunch at a remote location, or be whisked away to a luxury lodge. Explore Kāpiti’s coastline from above, and enjoy a new perspective of this beautiful region. The company offers short scenic flights as well as packages, including overnight stays. Flights go to Wairarapa, Marlborough Sounds, and Wellington.

Suitable for the whole family, flights depart from Kāpiti Coast Airport.

Helicopter Flights

Book in a Native Bird tour

74 Nga Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae

One of the largest remnants of coastal lowland swamp forest on the Kāpiti Coast, Nga Manu is home to a variety of native fauna and wildlife. Since the 14-hectare opened to the public in 1981 Ngā Manu has partnered with DOC breed-for-release programmes. It has helped re-establish at-risk species of birds and reptiles in the wild. There are many tours available where you can see native birds, reptiles, and eels up close.

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Visit the largest private car collection in Australasia

250 Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu

Tucked away amongst park-like surroundings on the Kāpiti Coast is a world-class museum — the legacy of vehicle-loving man Sir Len Southward. Over 450 vehicles make up the largest private collection in Australasia. The purpose-built building also boasts a hall that regularly holds events and concerts.

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