Activities and Attractions

There are so many activities and attractions within the Kapiti Coast area you’ll need to stay with us at least two nights. 

Kapiti Island

Right out in front  is one of New Zealand’s most significant nature reserves, located in a marine reserve. The Maori family who live on the island offer visitors genuine Maori hospitality and unique nature experiences. They offer a full day tour including lunch,  morning and afternoon teas. You can stay overnight and go kiwi spotting, or just go for the day and take a guided walk. There are different walk options for different levels of fitness.  The 15 minute ferry ride to the island departs daily around 9am and departs Kapiti Island around 3pm.  Bookings are essential and we are very happy to arrange this for you.

Kapiti Heliworx Scenic Flights

Coastal flights, Kapiti Island Scenic Flight, Mt Hector and more.

Immerse yourself in Arts and Culture

Kapiti offers an exciting and varied arts culture in a relaxing and attractive coastal environment. Visual, fibre and digital artists, sculptors, muscians, writers, actors, dancers, film makers, jewellers and potters are all celebrated members of our vibrant arts scene.
Check out the Kapiti Arts Guide here [PDF]

Waikanae Estuary Bird Tours

More species if coastal and aquatic birds visit Waikanae Estuary than any other site in the Wellington district. Approximately 63 specialised birds visit the estuary at times, many of which may be seen in their natural habitat.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve

15ha of coastal lowland forest with over 700 plant species and over 56 bird species. A unique opportunity to see a diverse range of native flora and fauna. Eel feeding 2.00pm & bird feeding tours 11.00am.

Ohau Wines

Visit the tasting room and take a stroll amongst the vines. Ohau is an exciting new vineyard who is producing award-winning wines with intense fruit flavours.

Tuatara Brewery

This brewery has been going 12 years and produces 8 different beers some of which are award winning. Guided tours are available and introduce visitors to the brewing process from start to finish and is followed by a beer tasting.  Check website for brewery tours.


Southward Car Museum

Southwards is a renowned world class car museum filled with over 350 vehicles, motorcycles and aircraft. The car museum's collection includes Marlene Dietrich's 1934 Cadillac Town Cabriolet, a 1915 Stutz Indianapolis race car, gull-winged Mercedes-Benz, a 1950 Cadillac "gangster special" that belonged to gangster Mickey Cohen and an 1895 Benz Velo, imported to New Zealand in 1900.

Beach Treks on Horseback

On the Kapiti Coast we have some of the most stunning scenery in the country and as a result wonderful horse riding and trekking opportunities. We have horses to suit all riders and age groups. We also stop at a beach cafe for coffee & refreshments during the ride.

Ruth Pretty Cooking School

With 20 years catering experience Ruth Pretty Catering is devoted to serving and promoting high quality food, both in New Zealand and overseas. Check Ruth’s website for the next available cooking class and kitchen shop hours.  A cup of coffee and a piece of cake is a must while admiring the stunning gardens at Springfield.  

Nyco Chocolates

Book a factory visit and discover some of the secrets of making chocolates or just savour the taste of their fabulous range of freshly made chocolates at the factory shop.

Steam train spotting at Paekakariki

Exciting train excursions throughout the year. Check their website for upcoming open days and excursions.

Quad Bike Riding 

Experience the thrill of riding through 18,500 hectares of native flora and fauna. There are also other activities which include archery, clay bird shooting, golf chipping, petanque & horse shoe pitching. 

Mountain Bike Riding 

Mountain bike rides from beach to back country. Mountain bike guiding for riders of all abilities, throughout the Kapiti region. For a stunning and unique way to experience the Kapiti Coast and to maximise your riding experience try Heli-Biking with a panoramic helicopter flight included.

River rafting, rock climbing and abseiling in the Otaki Gorge




Anyone for golf?

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

This course is regarded by many as one of the greatest links course in the southern hemisphere.
The course has ranked as high as 71 in the world and played host to Tiger Woods ranked No.1 in the world when competing in the 2002 New Zealand Open.
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Kapiti Golf Club

A challenging 9 hole course set in a pleasant valley, with easy walking and picturesque views. Visitors are made very welcome.
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Waikanae Golf Club

The Waikanae18 hole Golf Course is a beautiful course that is enjoyable to play but still offers plenty of challenge for the keen golfer. This course welcomes casual players.
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Otaki Golf Club

The oldest golf club on the Kapiti Coast established in 1901 and is situated only a few minutes from the State Highway 1.
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