Planning a relaxing staycation after the chaos of Christmas? Why not take a day trip to the beautiful Kāpiti Coast. Just 45 minutes’ drive north of Wellington you’ll find long stretches of sandy beaches, shady bush walks, charming boutiques and excellent eateries to recharge after soaking up all the sunshine.
Make the most of your Kāpiti Coast adventure with our list of the locals’ favourite gems:
Olde Beach Bakery
An iconic Kāpiti Coast destination, Olde Beach Bakery produces excellent coffee, buttery cheese scones, traditional French breads and pastries, soul-warming pies and delicious sandwiches packed full of fresh produce. Enjoy the leafy courtyard or transport your treats down to the beach for a delicious picnic.
3 Ono Street, Waikanae + their new location: Beach Road, Paekakariki.
Paraparaumu Beach Saturday Market
Visit the Paraparaumu Beach Saturday Market to soak up the buzzing vibes of the coastal community. Meet the makers, bakers, growers and creators who produce excellent fresh local produce and tasty food. If you're a gardener, bring a box for the best seedlings from Awapuni Nurseries. They're sold by the individual cell so you can mix and match. Superb sourdough is available (if you arrive early) at Three Oaks Organic.
Saturdays 07:30am - 12:30pm
MacLean Street, Paraparaumu Beach
Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve
Lushand shaded, making it the perfect walk for a hot day. Tucked away in the hills behind Waikanae, Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve offers several walking options through luscious native forest. Take the Parata Track to the lookout for sweeping views of Kāpiti Island, or enjoy the family-friendly 30 minute Kohekohe Walk.
Tui Crescent, Waikanae
Paperdoll offers a rich selection of stunning fashion pieces and eye-catching accessories. The store has a welcoming atmosphere with friendly staff who provide a fabulous shopping experience amongst the charming boutiques of Raumati Village.
8 Margaret Road, Raumati Beach
One of Kāpiti's newest eateries, Hey Coastie offers something for everyone. Combine their selection of local beverages and creative cocktails with tapas-style sharing plates in the leafy garden bar.
42 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve
Experience the natural wonderland of Ngā Manu Nature Reserve. This idyllic bird sanctuary is home to more than 40 species of birds and more than 200 species of native fauna. Stroll the reserve’s bush-covered walkways and climb the lookout for a panoramic view, or visit the brown kiwi who live in the Nocturnal House.
74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae