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.

Montfoort

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

Joe & Joy

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

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.

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.

Bus Stop Café

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

Penray Gardens

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

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.

The Raumati Social Club

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

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...

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...

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...

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.

Salty's Diner

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

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.

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...