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

$127.18 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!

$178.32 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.

$228.79 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

30 minutes Helicopter Scenic Flights by HeliServices NZ Tekapo

Check-in at our hangar with a safety briefing. Then, you’ll be ready for your 30-minute scenic flight over to the Brass Peak.Departing from HeliServices NZ Tekapo Heliport, you'll fly high over the spectacular Mackenzie Basin, taking in views of the stunning turquoise lakes and surrounding mountain landscape, beforea seasonal snow landing on Brass Peak to enjoy a panoramic view framed by the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps including the NZ highest - Mt Cook.You can sit back and relax as you enjoy the incredible views. Your professional pilot will provide expert commentary along the way. Essential gear for snow landings:SunglassesCovered shoes (sneakers or trainers are fine) or hiking bootsWear comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for wearing on the snow. Occasionally the temperature can be 5-10 degrees cooler on the snow than it is in the village. Check with our ground crew if you are unsure of what to wearPlenty of room on your memory card and/or phone for photos. Please note: Selfie sticks are not permitted.Please note that we do not allow passengers to use iPads to take photos during flights as they can impede the view of the pilot and other passengers. You're very welcome to bring along another means of taking your photos (phone, camera or GoPro are all great).Check-in time is 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. This allows time for payment processing and aircraft allocation. Flight times are approximate and include the landing*. Minimum passenger numbers apply for flights.Pricing is in New Zealand dollars and includes GST. HeliServices.NZ Tekapo Office Hours:Summer (November-March)  8.00AM to 6.30PM / Winter (April-October) 8.30AM to 5.30PM.*Please note: snow landings are subject to weather conditions and are at the pilot’s discretion.

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