There are many different types of activities here on the coast - scenic, active, adventurous, and cultural.
Climb to the highest point of Kapiti Island - Tuteremoana Kapiti is a sanctuary for forest birds www.kapitiisland.com. Highly recommended and a 'must do'. Day trips or overnight stays available
Walk the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ (the Escarpment Walk) it is part of the national Te Araroa Trail www.wellingtonregionaltrails.com
Explore the excellent network of cycling, walking and bridleway trails - suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. We can recommend horse riding stables and where to hire bikes. A great ride is 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 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
Book a boutique private tour - a Kapiti Foodie tour or a guided tour of the Kapiti coast www.kaewatours.co.nz
Go on a private alpaca farm walk at Cantharis Alpacas based in the hills above Kapiti Coast. www.nzalpaca.co.nz
Shop at outlet and specialty shops along State Highway 1 in Otaki or visit the variety of homeware and boutique clothing shops in Raumati.
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
Play a round of golf - there are 6 golf courses to choose from here on the Kapiti Coast.
Visit the local Kapiti Chocolate Factory and shop for a demonstration, tour and shopping www.kapitichocolatefactory.co.nz
Waikanae Railway station is also 5 minutes drive away and the trip into Wellington City takes 60 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from $19-$35 depending on the time of day you are travelling.