Top things to do in Kapiti Coast

Top Choice Park in Paekakariki

Queen Elizabeth Park

One of the last relatively unchanged areas of dune and wetland along the Kapiti Coast, this undulating 650-hectare beachside park offers swimming, walking, cycling and picnicking opportunities, as well as a tram mus…
Cafe in Paraparaumu

Marine Parade Eatery

Affecting something of a Robinson Crusoe look, this fresh-as-a-daisy cafe offers a sophisticated international menu and terrific views of Kapiti Island out the front window. The seafood laksa (coconut noodle soup) i…
Nature Reserve in Waikanae

Ngā Manu

Waikanae's main visitor lure, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve is a 15-hectare bird sanctuary dotted with picnic areas, bushwalks, aviaries and a nocturnal house with kiwi, owls and tuatara. The reserve's endangered long-fin…
Brewery in Paraparaumu

Tuatara Brewery

Visit the oldest and most famous of Wellington's craft breweries at its industrial-estate premises where you can slurp a pint or two and chew some bar snacks (biersticks, nachos, pizza). Book in advance for an enlig…
Forest in Waikanae

Hemi Matenga Memorial Park Scenic Reserve

This 330-hectare reserve overlooking Waikanae contains a large remnant of native kohekohe forest. The reserve rises steeply from 150m to its highest point, Te Au (514m), a hike of three to four hours. The Kohekohe W…
Pub Food in Paraparaumu

The Social

Despite its insalubrious location in a car park near the mall, this breezy modern pub is a good place to drink, watch the rugby or catch a band. The food's surprisingly ambitious too, featuring the likes of jerk chi…
Statue in Paraparaumu

Our Lady of Lourdes statue

Paraparaumu's oddest claim to fame is surely this 14m-high statue of the Madonna, looming over the town from a 75m-high hill. It was commissioned by the local Catholic priest in 1958 for the 100th anniversary of the…
Cafe in Waikanae

Long Beach

Grab a seat in the large conservatory or the herb garden attached to this attractive, family-friendly cafe-bar. It's a sunny spot for an afternoon wine or craft beer, accompanied by live music on Sundays. The extens…
Museum in Paraparaumu

Southward Car Museum

This huge hangar-like museum has one of Australasia’s largest collections of antique and unusual cars. Check out the DeLorean, the German-built 1897 Lux and the 1950 gangster Cadillac complete with bullet holes. The…
Museum in Paekakariki

Tramway Museum

A glimpse into historic Wellington by way of restored wooden trams and museum displays housed in a large garage. Take a 2km tram ride through Queen Elizabeth Park down to the beach (day pass per adult/child $12/6).