10 Must-do Nature Coast activities in a day

Highlights from the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua.

The region of Kapiti and Horowhenua is a collection of unspoilt beaches, rivers, villages, friendly locals and natural, open spaces - the perfect places to enjoy real kiwi experiences.

We offer an affordable, self-drive, family destination and just an hour from the main cities of Wellington and Palmerston North. Our spectacular coastal landscape and warm climate has made the region and its nature-based lifestyle a desirable place in the world to live.

For locals it's a superb place to holiday at home, and for visitors from overseas (whether here for a major sporting event, or simply to explore this part of the world), it's a great place to use as a base and take it easy. We are easily located on State Highway 1 and the North Island main trunk railway line.

There are many protected nature or conservation areas in our region including the iconic Kapiti Island, forest and regional parks, estuaries and wetlands ...all these areas are available for you to enjoy.

Our cultural and heritage stories are told through our museums and historic sites, and everywhere you go are places to picnic, play, golf, walk, cycle, swim, fish or just relax! 

Your stay here is complete with fresh, local food, some wonderful accommodation options, and friendly, relaxed people.

We welcome you to our region and know that you will treasure and look after it, and enjoy it as much as we all do. See you soon.

Here are 10 must-do things to do in our fabulous region. Visit us again and again until you've checked off this list!

1. Visit Kapiti Island (day visit)

2. Picnic at Otaihanga Domain and walk along the Waikanae River (1-4 hours)

3. Visit artists in their studios (2-6 hours) - Kapiti Coast Arts Guide

4. Take a day walk into the Tararua Ranges - DOC

5. Go outlet shopping in Otaki

6. Visit the WWII sites, Rangiatea Church, and visit a museum

7. Meet locals at our community markets

8. Visit Ramsar-protected Manawatu Estuary, Foxton Beach.

9. Five cafes, five courses in a day.

10. Blueberry Art - creative inspiration and blueberries

Contact i-SITE for more details including bus, train, and tide timetables; or the latest in other activities and events. i-SITE Visitor Information Centres are located at: Paraparaumu, Otaki and Levin. Join us on Facebook either on Kapiti Coast or Horowhenua or both!

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