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.
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.
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.
10K Te Araroa Walking Trail – Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay (4hrs)
Starts at Paekakariki this costal escarpment reaching 220m above sea level where walkers enjoy spectacular views. Not for the faint hearted, you need to be reasonably fit and not suffer from vertigo. Most walkers train back from the end of the trail in Pukerua Bay and then treat themselves at one of the cafes in Paekakariki.
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.
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.
Kapiti Chocolate Company
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.
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
Fly by Wire
A high-altitude ride that allows punters to reach speeds of 120kmh on a self powered, rocket-shaped plane suspended on wire. This is unlike any other thrill you’ll find in New Zealand.
Come out and have a blast! We are based in Waikanae close to the best beaches and parks for blokart sailing. As the activity is wind dependent, we do not operate when wind strength is not sufficient to give you a good experience, so contact us before you just turn up.
Salt Shack Surf School
The Salt Shack Surf School is run by brother and sister duo, Jay and Holly Quinn, world class surfers and qualified Surfing New Zealand coaches. Lessons include surfing skills, technique, paddling skills, water and beach safety, and heaps of high fives. The Salt Shack Surf School team will have you standing up and riding waves in no time - you won’t be able to keep the smile off your dial.
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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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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