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Just a quick drive north from the capital, Kāpiti Coast is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The district stretches from Paekākāriki in the south to Ōtaki in the north and covers a forty kilometre stretch of the unique coastline. Famous as a nature playground that draws in city-dwellers during weekends and holidays, this is the perfect getaway destination for unwinding and relaxing.

The stunning Kāpiti Island takes centre stage along the coast, and there is nothing quite like a stroll on the beach when the sun dips behind the rolling hills of the motu, or an early morning dip in the sea with the sun rising up above the Tararua ranges.

Miles of uncrowded sandy beaches, hill walks with world class views, bush tracks that transport you to another realm, tail-wagging worthy dog-friendly trails, adrenaline inducing mountain bike tracks, gentle surf waves and more await you here.

Dotted with quaint small towns within easy reach of one another, Kāpiti Coast offers plenty to explore on top of the great outdoors. Personable cafes, quirky bars, high end restaurants, slow fashion outlets and gift stores galore are ready to be discovered within the numerous hubs.

Take the time to wander through this region, get to know its hidden gems and let it surprise you.

48 Hours Kāpiti Coast

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Panoramic views across the ocean, endless sandy beaches, delightful small villages dotted with art galleries, boutiques and cafes, plenty of outdoor activities and world-class accommodation options – it's no wonder Kāpiti Coast is turning into a holiday destination for lots of folks well beyond the capital region.

Toi MAHARA

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Toi MAHARA is the district public gallery for the Kāpiti Coast. It stands in pride of place in the heart of Waikanae in a purpose-built building designed by Athfield Architects.

Toi Matarau

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Toi Matarau is a gallery within the Māoriland Hub in the heart of Ōtaki village.

Montfoort

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Montfoort has a simple yet exciting mission: to showcase the very best of sweet Dutch street food.

Hendrix Lifestyle Store

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Located just minutes from the beach at Waikanae, Hendrix Home & Lifestyle Store is a one-stop shop for all your seaside living needs.

Bus Stop Café

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The Bus Stop Cafe is a hidden secret a stone's throw away from Te Horo Beach.

Joe & Joy

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Joe & Joy is a husband-wife-run bakery and cafe in the heart of Waikanae village.

Salt and Wood Collective

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A self-acclaimed carnivore haven, The Salt & Wood Collective in Waikanae is all about big, bold, meaty meals.

The Lockup

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Situated a stone's throw away from the beach at Paraparaumu, The Lockup is the ultimate ocean-side cafe, complete with a large outdoor area and a chilled vibe.

Long Beach Tavern

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The ultimate community restaurant, Long Beach, is a Waikanae institution.

Dreamscape Glamping

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Perched on a hill overlooking Waikanae and the Kāpiti Island, a unique accommodation experience awaits.

Penray Gardens

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Penray Gardens is a pick-your-own paradise located in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast.

Duncan's Brewing Company

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Even though Duncan’s Brewing Company’s production warehouse and off-licence in Paraparaumu is tucked down an alleyway, keep your eyes peeled for a full wall...

A Beaches, Brews and Views Guide to Kāpiti Coast

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Kāpiti Coast is renowned for its stunning views, beautiful coastline and petite villages brimming with interesting discoveries. Tucked between the mountainous Tararua Range and the Pacific Ocean, this narrow strip of land is home to creative communities, bakers and brewers, nature lovers and ocean enthusiasts, culinary aficionados and those in search of a slower pace of life.

Dark Horse

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Dark Horse Coffee co. has been providing the people of Kāpiti Coast and beyond with delicious artisan coffee since 2016.

Passo

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You wouldn’t necessarily expect to stumble upon an authentic Sicilian restaurant serving up mouthwatering dishes in the heart of Paraparaumu, but Passo is here to...

The Wilderness

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A Kāpiti Coast provider of stunning florals and indoor plants, The Wilderness is your go-to for any occasion that requires a bunch.

The Raumati Social Club

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Raumati Social Club is a bit of an institution at Kāpiti Coast.

Beach Boutiques & Village Vibes of Raumati and Paraparaumu Beach

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Take a leisurely stroll around the neat boutiques of Raumati and Paraparaumu Beach.

Sunday Cantina

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Adding a splash of colour and fun to the Poplar Ave corner at Raumati South, Sunday Cantina is in the business of providing customers with healthy, fresh food in a cheerful...

Olde Beach Bakery

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Olde Beach Bakery pumps out delicious baked goods in the heart of Paekākāriki for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.

50-50

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Located in the heart of the township of Paraparaumu Beach on Kāpiti Coast, 50-50 is a destination restaurant that offers a dining experience not to be missed.

Beach Road Deli

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On the main street of the cute seaside township of Paekākāriki, you’ll find Beach Road Deli – a bright and beachy café offering great coffee and quality...

Milk + Ginger

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A hub of quality, affordable fashion and lifestyle in the heart of Raumati Beach, Milk + Ginger is a store well worth visiting when in town.

Salty's Diner

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Salty’s is an experience not to be missed while visiting the Kāpiti Coast.