Welcome to Paraparaumu

The correct pronunciation is ‘Pah-ra-pah-ra-oo-moo’, meaning ‘scraps from an oven’, which is said to have originated when a Māori war party attacked the settlement and found only scraps of food remaining. It’s a bit of a mouthful to pronounce; locals usually just corrupt it into ‘Para-pa-ram’.

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$199.54 Cultural & Theme Tours

Get out of the City - Wellington Region Full-day Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Porirua Harbour, Porirua, Greater Wellington, North IslandYour itinerary will reflect your interests, time available and the weather. If there is something particular you have in mind, please let us know. We will stop for lunch along the way, location based around when hunger strikes (included in price).Heading north, we start with Porirua Harbour, where we visit Titahi Bay and Pātaka Art Museum.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Queen Elizabeth Park, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast, Greater Wellington, North IslandDriving the Centennial Highway to the delightful seaside village of Paekākāriki, we check out the village & the beach. We can also visit QEII Park museum dedicated to the 15,000 US troops stationed there in WWII. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Porirua, Greater Wellington, North IslandOffering incredible views of the Kāpiti Coast, we will drive over the Paekākāriki Hill to the Hutt Valley. Along the way we will stop for photos, possibly meet some eels at the historic Battle Hill Farm & see the wetlands of Pāuatahanui.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Petone Settlers Museum, Wellington, Greater Wellington, North IslandOur next leg is through the beautiful Hutt Valley to Petone Beach. Here you can choose to wander through the bush, explore the shops or visit the Settlers Museum at Petone Beach, where the first British settlers arrived in Wellington in 1840. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Wellington Botanic Garden, Greater Wellington, North IslandReturning to the city, we will drive along the Harbour’s edge on land raised in the massive 1855 earthquake. If time and interest permit, we will finish off with a visit to the Botanic Gardens, before dropping you at your preferred location. Duration: 30 minutes

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Kapiti Coast Scenic Helicopter Flight

Lifting from Paraparaumu airport we fly down the Coast to Paekakariki where you can see the rugged cliffs of the Mana Coast, Kapiti Island and Queen Elizabeth  2 Park. Then turn towards the new motorway and Transmission Gully. Transmission Gully is a road that has been in the planning stages for over 100 years and is now in the early building stages for a 6 lane highway. On the way back you will see into the Tararua Ranges and the mighty Mt Hector. On a good day you can even see north all the way through to Mt Ruapehu and the Central PlateauThese flights depart from Kapiti Coast Airport and leave at your convenience