Climb to the top of Kapiti Island either full day or a weekend trip www.kapitiisland.com.
Walk the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ part of the national Te Araroa Trail https://www.teararoa.org.nz/wellington/paekakariki....
Cycle through Queen Elizabeth Park on the Te Ara o Whareroa track from Paekakariki to Raumati.
See the largest private collection of rare and collectible cars in the Southern Hemisphere at the Southwards Car Museum www.southwardcarmuseum.co.nz.
Go to a craft beer tasting session at Tuatara Brewery with matched hors http://www.tuatarabrewing.co.nz/.
Visit the birds and tuatara at Nga Manu and feed the eels www.ngamanu.co.nz.
Have a coffee and slice of cake at Ruth Pretty’s Springfield House and explore the kitchen and garden shop, or maybe take a cooking class www.ruthpretty.co.nz.
Waikanae township is 5 minutes drive away, Waikanae beach is 10 minutes drive away - both locations feature local restaurants and cafes. We have compiled a list of recommendations.
Walk along some of the 40km of beaches sheltered by Kapiti Island.
Go white water rafting on the Otaki Gorge www.captivate.net.nz/wateractivities.htm.
Shop at outlet and specialty shops along State Highway 1 in Otaki.
Enjoy the arts – many artists on the Kapiti coast can be visited along with galleries including Mahara Gallery and Artel Gallery which only sell New Zealand made arts and crafts which are predominantly Kapiti made.
Waikanae Estuary is both a beautiful and scenic spot and a bird sanctuary at the same time. There are many bird species not seen regularly or so easily elsewhere. Waikanae is a bird capital of New Zealand www.kapitibirdtours.co.nz
Hire Bikes - there is a range of Mountain Bikes and E-Bikes for hire to explore the beautiful Kapiti region. We can assist in arranging these through Burnsies Bikes here in Waikanae. Mountain Bikes $20 per day and E-Bikes $50 per day www.burnsies.co.nz
Waikanae Railway station is also 5 minutes drive away and the trip into Wellington City takes 60 minutes. After 9am a 'All Day Rover' ticket can be purchased for NZ$14 which allows you to travel anywhere on the rail network and to return at peak times without any additional fees.