Top things to do in Paraparaumu

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…
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…
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…
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…
Cafe in Paraparaumu

Ambience Cafe

This very ‘Wellington’ cafe delievers both light and substantial meals made with relish: fishcakes, BLTs, salads, sandwiches, colourful vegie options… The cake cabinet's at full capacity, and there's great coffee (o…