Escape to Kapiti


We are the official visitor information centre in Kapiti. As local travel experts we can help you find quality activities, attractions, accommodation, transport and more.

This will ensure you have a great time when you get here and want to come back again; so, whether you are an international traveller or live locally the i-SITE can tailor travel solutions to meet your needs.


Just 40 minutes from central Wellington, the Kapiti Coast (population 50,000), offers 40 kilometres of fabulous New Zealand beaches, breath-taking views out to Kapiti Island, and over 1000 kilometres of family-friendly cycling and walking tracks.

Kapiti Island is ‘the jewel in our crown’ and is an internationally recognised nature reserve protecting some of the world’s rarest and most endangered birds in New Zealand. For more details about Kapiti Island, please visit the Department of Conservation (DOC) website by clicking here.

The island is the only large sanctuary for birds between the Hauraki Gulf, in the north, and the Sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand in the south. It is one of the country’s most valuable nature reserves - a significant part of which includes the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve on the adjacent mainland.

The Otaki and Waikanae Rivers run through a diverse landscape of regenerating native bush, mature forest, and coastal sand dunes before entering the Tasman Sea - both provide visitors with a rich set of outdoor adventures in addition to our beach environment.

From Paekakariki in the south to Otakiin the north, the Coast is easily accessible off State Highway 1 and a great place to ‘run away for the weekend’ and ‘hang out’ in a relaxed coastal setting where you can enjoy beach, bush and river walks, cycling, swimming and fishing.

Our Coastal villages: Paekakariki, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu, Peka Peka, Te Horo, Waikanae and Otaki all offer a relaxed friendly day out, weekend away or stop-off for travellers going both north and south. All our villages have a range of accommodation options, great cafés, beach-side shops, galleries and heritage museums for you to enjoy.

trainFor serious shoppers, outlet shopping in a ‘main street’ environment offers a great day out in Otaki and Coastlands Shoppingtown offers 80 stores under one roof with a combination of boutique shopping and bulk retail opportunities.

Other key attractions include:

• The Paekakariki Heritage Precinct - visit the Paekakariki Station Museum and Signal Box, take a trip on a steam train (programme dependent) or ride on a vintage tram in Queen Elizabeth Park. Also of interest - the newly restored U.S.Marines Memorial in the Park.

• The Miniature Railway and children’s splash pad in Raumati’s Marine Gardens. Weather permitting the railway is open every Sunday from 1-4pm. The splash pad is open every day. Both features are magnets for children and families.

• The Paraparaumu Beach Links Golf Coursedesigned in the 1940’s by famed golfing architect Alex Russell and ranked in the top 100 in the world.

Getting here

It's very easy to visit us! We are centrally located in the lower North Island on State Highway 1 and the main trunk railway line.
We are just a 60-90 minute drive or train trip from the nearest cities of Palmerston North and Wellington, making our region a convenient place to base yourself for a relaxing time before you head south to Picton on the inter-island ferry. Air New Zealand provides daily services between Paraparaumu, Auckland and Christchurch. Air2there connects with Nelson and Blenheim. For more information visit the Kapiti Coast Airport website at
Newmans and Intercity operate several daily scheduled bus services through our region and most backpacker buses stop here. The "Northern Explorer" scenic train travels from Auckland to Wellington on Mon, Thurs & Sat and from Wellington to Auckland on Tues, Fri & Sun, stopping at Paraparaumu. For bus, train and ferry bookings and tickets contact the i-SITE offices, or for train information call free on 0800 872 467.
Commuter train services run many times each day and evening between Waikanae and Wellington. For timetables and fares, visit

Recording of tui and other birds singing in flowering kowhai courtesy of the Department of Conservation (DOC)