Queen Elizabeth Park
One of the last relatively unchanged areas of dune and wetland along the Kapiti Coast, this undulating 650-hectare beachside park offers swimming, walking, cycling and picnicking opportunities, as well as a tram museum and horse riding outfit. There are three entrances: off Wellington Rd in Paekakariki, at MacKay’s Crossing on SH1, and off the Esplanade in Raumati to the north.
Southward Car Museum
This huge hangar-like museum has one of Australasia’s largest collections of antique and unusual cars. Check out the DeLorean and the 1950 gangster Cadillac. It’s a few kilometers north of the main Paraparaumu shops.
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve
Ngā Manu Nature Reserve offers you, your family and visitors a unique opportunity to have a hands-on experience with nature and combines education with a great day out. See New Zealand’s rare brown kiwi in our nocturnal house and meet native birds in our walk-through aviaries. Watch or participate in feeding endangered long-fin eels, spot native geckos and get up close to the ancient tuatara. Take an easy stroll through Kāpiti’s largest remnant of coastal lowland swamp forest in this idyllic bird sanctuary.
Kapiti Island Nature Tour
Experience the richness and wonder of Kapiti Island, book a day tour to Waiorua Bay at the north end of Kapiti. Here you can learn of the unique balance of conservation, ecology and local human history Kapiti offers.
Experienced nature guides will walk with you and explain the rich human and ecological history, and help you identify the flora and fauna around you.
Sit down with the family and enjoy a delicious cooked lunch at the Lodge, surrounded by one of the most rich and diverse nature reserves in New Zealand.
You can expect to see some of our most beautiful and endangered birds up close and personal as you share the space with the locals.