Just 45 minutes north of Wellington, the Kāpiti Coast’s natural beauty is breath-taking. Make the most of your break by exploring everything the Coast has to offer. Escape for the day or a week…. you choose!
There is so much to see, do and experience on the Kāpiti Coast! Our natural environment offers fun, adventure and plenty of space to explore, entertain, relax and unwind. Explore at your own pace, find something new and be surprised.
First things first: leave your jacket at home because you probably won’t need it. Kāpiti’s climate is what weather forecasters like to refer to as temperate, meaning it’s often a few degrees warmer than Wellington.
Secondly, bring a big appetite and stretchy pants because Kāpiti offers a bounty of foodie delights, its fertile soil coughing up orchards and market gardens. Thanks to enterprising locals, these goodies find their way into everything from cheese and olive oil to craft beer, chocolate and ice cream – which in turn find their way onto the menus of local cafés and restaurants. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never go hungry in Kāpiti.
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.
And you can’t come to Kāpiti and not visit Kāpiti Island, the bush-smothered island that sits 5km offshore. One of New Zealand’s most valuable nature reserves, this diamond in Kāpiti’s tiara allows visitors a glimpse at what life must have been like before humans started messing up the environment.
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.
EXPLORE KĀPITI ISLAND
Escape ‘overseas’ to Kāpiti Island for a trip back in time, to a pristine and predator-free wonderland. Just a 20-minute boat ride across the Kāpiti Marine Reserve lies Kāpiti Island – one of New Zealand’s most important nature reserves. It is a special place full of history, native wildlife and unique experiences.
Only 5 km off Paraparaumu Beach, Kāpiti Island is an un-fenced nature reserve unlike any other. Home to a huge variety of birds including a number of critically endangered species, the 10 km long 1,965 hectare island sanctuary has been predator-free since 1998.
Kāpiti Island is a fully immersive, living wonderland and one of the only places in the world where you can have a North Island Robin at your feet while you have a Kākā on your shoulder. Be still and wait for the curious birds to come close – without predators, they have no fear and so take it upon themselves to investigate visitors.
Many of the rarest, most critically endangered bird and lizard species, that are rare or extinct on the mainland are thriving on the Island. This protected haven is now home to NZ’s largest population of Little Spotted Kiwi – over 1200 birds! Thanks to Kāpiti, they are now back from the brink of extinction, and the Kāpiti Island Little Spotted Kiwi are helping to populate other islands and Zealandia in Wellington.
Wander tracks fringed with dense forest, climb the 521m peak for panoramic views and walk along the shoreline on the edge of the Marine Reserve. Kāpiti Island truly is a taonga to be treasured.