The Hokio Stream Inlet
The Kapiti Coast is located 60 km north of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. It stretches from Paekakariki in the south through the seaside village of Raumati, the commercial heart of Paraparaumu and the garden area of Waikanae, to Otaki, one of New Zealand's oldest urban settlements and the pre-eminent historic place in the district, to the north. One of our famous attractions is the Southward Car Museum, a world-class showcase of vintage transport.
The Ngati Raukawa Marae
Nga Manu Nature Reserve (www.ngamanu.co.nz), is dedicated to the preservation of NZ native flora and fauna, also affords the opportunity to view the prehistoric tuatara and the Kiwi bird. Watch a video of Nga Manu here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6thg4abDPY
The Ngati Raukawa Marae, located in Otaki, welcomes overseas visitors, and there is also the opportunity to visit the Rangiatea Church which was consecrated in 2004. The original church, built between 1844 and 1955 by the warrior chief Te Rauparaha and the missionary Octavius Hadfield, was destroyed by fire in 1995, and was rebuilt.
Kapiti Island Nature Reserve
Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is located 5.6 km off the coast and is one of the nation's most important sites for bird recovery, where you will find a great variety of native birds. There are two walking tracks leading to the summit of the island that are steep and difficult in places, and visitors using these should be fit and wear sturdy footwear and weatherproof clothing. Facilities on the island are limited. A marine reserve spans the gap between the mainland and the island. A limited number of visitors are allowed on the island each day. The cost of a full day visit to Kapiti Island, including permit, ferry booking, lunch and a guided tour is from NZ$184 per adult.
The backdrop of the massive Tararua Ranges and the spectacular landscape and microclimate have made the Kapiti Coast a most desirable place to live. We have a world-class golf club at Paraparaumu, bowling greens, magnificent gardens, great beach and bush walks. Arts and crafts are well represented on the Coast, and an annual Arts Trail is held in November. Check out these two sites for further information and a photographs of our beautiful beaches and estuaries.