With over 46 kilometres of unspoilt, safe swimming beaches, every town on the Nature Coast has a road to the beach.
Our beaches range from remote stretches of coast to popular, busy family beaches. Picnic, swim, fish, dive, kayak, surf, sail, enjoy sunsets, and eat some great local fish and chips. It pays to check the tides on the Kapiti Boating Club website as some beaches are more accessible at low tide.
All beaches are safe for swimming and each has its own character: Foxton Beach is renowned for its fishing, sailing, boating, kite surfing and birds; Waitarere is a popular holiday and fishing destination; Otaki Beach is popular for walks and fishing and has great views of the Tararua Ranges; Te Horo is remote and has wonderful driftwood for creative inspiration and sculptures; Waikanae has a scientific reserve and migratory birds; Paraparaumu Beach is where the boats are launched off the sand and the ferry leaves for Kapiti Island; Raumati Beach is good for surfcasting and swimming; and Paekakariki offers surfing and great coastal walks in Queen Elizabeth Park.
Here are just some of our great beaches. There's always a cafe, restaurant, or takeaway outlet nearby, and you'll always pass some stunning nature reserve or natural spot.
Paekakariki Beach (also the entrance to QE Park)
Raumati Beach (good for walking dogs)
Paraparaumu Beach (includes Marine Gardens and Kapiti Miniature Railway)
Waikanae Beach (excellent for land sailing with Landsailing Kapiti)
Peka Peka Beach (a more remote place and great for driftwood sculptures)
Waikawa Beach (awesome sand dunes)
Waitarere Beach (a great family holiday spot)
Foxton Beach (safe swimming and river spots)
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