Welcome to Kapiti Coast

The mountainous Tararua Forest Park forms a dramatic backdrop along the length of the coastline and has some accessible day walks and longer tramps.

The Kapiti Coast makes an easy day trip from Wellington, though if you’re after a few restful days there’s enough of interest to keep you entertained.

Top experiences in Kapiti Coast

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Kapiti Coast activities

$130.29 Water Sports

River Valley Rafting - Grade 5 White Water Rafting on the Rangitikei River

If you are looking for an action packed half day trip, then the Grade 5 white water section of the Rangitikei River could be just what you are looking for.Often recognised as one of the top half day Grade 5 White Water Rafting Trips in the world, your trip on the Rangitikei starts off easier, with sections of fun Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids, great practice for what lies ahead!  Over a two to three hour period, and 11 kms of river, you will experience rapids that start at that easy end, and culminate in the gorge, a section of the river where 10 major rapids, from Grade 3+ to Grade 5, line up one after the other to thrill you and excite you.  Some of these rapids are short and sharp, while others carry on for several hundred meters.  The trip finishes right outside the front door of River Valley Lodge for hot showers. No getting changed on river banks!

$82.73 Classes & Workshops

One on One Surf Lesson at Piha Beach, Auckland

Our one on one surf lessons at Piha Beach, Auckland, include a 1.5 hour one on one session with an experienced and qualified instructor including your wetsuit and suitable board hire if required. Choosing One on One Surf Lessons to ensure your instructor has their undivided attention on you, engaging in directive feedback to master your surfing skills. Whether a beginner or a more advanced surfer, professional guidance can support you taking the next step in riding and conquering the wave. Consecutive private bookings enable us to utilize our progressive advanced programme to monitor and track your technique with video analysis, lesson plans and records.

$113.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mount John Observatory Tour

Join us on our famous observatory tour on Mt John. Spend the evening discovering what the southern sky has to offer, and experience the thrill of looking deep into the cosmos with our powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey with us behind closed doors and get a glimpse of what a life is like as an astronomer. See a range of research equipment that is out of bounds to the general public, and learn all about the different research that goes on at Mt John. On a clear night we will introduce you to the objects and constellations visible in the sky to the naked eye, then move on to looking through several of Earth & Sky's telescopes. These are portable yet powerful, and we set them up outside under the stars each night. Bring up your DSLR camera and our astrophotographers may be able to capture the night sky for you.

$86.17 Shore Excursions

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: Christchurch Sightseeing with Antarctic Center

Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch.Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ponds and water features, drive through the city center once with its historic buildings and architecture now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the Earthquake hitting the city in February 2011.  See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place.You will visit the botanical gardens in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.The tour then moves on to The International Antarctic Centre.  This features a recreation of the atmosphere of Antarctica with a snow and ice experience, the blue penguin encounter, a 4-D Movie experience and an exhilarating Hagglund ride.The Penguins held here are birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks. Due to physical disabilities that have left them defenceless, many of them would not have survived on their own back in the wild.Highlights • Central Christchurch including the badly earthquake damaged city centre • Christchurch Botanical Gardens • Mona Vale House and Gardens • Sign of the Takahe with magnificent view over the entire city from the coastline to the mountains • Port Hills and Lyttelton Harbour • Sumner Beach and township • Admission to the International Antarctic Centre • Little Blue Penguin viewing and Hagglund Ride • Stops for photo opportunities at all the key destinations • This sightseeing option of Christchurch is designed for cruise ship passengers.

$89.63 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Island Hopper Day Cruise

Embark on a magical day sailing adventure in the Bay of Islands. 10am departure - 4pm return.  Step straight from Paihia's beachfront onto a modern catamaran and set sail through the bay's 144 islands to a remote island destination.  Cruise among a beautiful marine playground aboard 'Kopiko', a 33-foot performance catamaran built for speed, comfort, and style. Lend the crew a hand with sailing the boat, or spread out with plenty of deck space where you grab a bean bag and chalk up some leisure time. Discover a wealth of wildlife from seabirds, stingrays, seals, penguins, to dolphins.  Arrive in a stunning bay, where you'll anchor close to the beach for a 2 hour island stop over. Step off onto the island and enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a stunning picnic spot of your choice. Wander short walking trails leading to picturesque views or head to the water for activities like snorkeling and paddle boarding. Enjoy a refreshing swim or simply dig your toes into the sand and relax.  After your island adventures, set sail again and make the most of the sea breezes on the home run. Watch the wind fill the sails, kick back, and relax. Enjoy the peace and tranquility for a perfect end to your day sailing adventure.

$171.68 Cultural & Theme Tours

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

We'll depart from Rotorua and your journey will be way more comfortable in our air conditioning mini van.Travelling through a stunning part of New Zealand, we first head to the hobbiton Movie set on the outskirts of Matamata. 44 hobbit holes line the hillside, with Bilbo's famous Bag End home being an obvious highlight. Relieve your favourite movie moments as you dance around the party tree and walk down Bagshot Row.The Shires rest cafe offers additional sustenance to hungry hobbits and the Green Dragon Inn is just a stone's throw away. Once we've had our fill of fantasy we'll set our course for Waitomo to admire the sensational natural wonders found within their caves. Glow worm adorn the cave ceilings with a magical glow. The cave formations are incredible and seem somewhat unreal while all the time being completely natural. Once you are ready we will head back to Rotorua where our friendly guide will drop you back at your inner city accommodation. All up the tour will take about 10 hours but the memories will last all your lifetime.

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