Kick back on the Kapiti Coast

The Kapiti Coast has attractions and activities to suit everyone, so come and experience this striking and unique stretch of New Zealand coastline.

Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Kapiti Coast, just a stones throw from Wellington, the Kapiti Region provides a relaxed atmosphere surrounded with beautiful beaches, dramatic landscapes and a chance to explore nature at its finest.

If you are looking for the ideal accommodation to explore this region, be sure to visit the Bachcare website, where you can instantly book a range of self-catered holiday homes online. A holiday home is a great place to base yourself for your stay, providing space, privacy, comfort, and great value for money!

Here are our top 5 reasons you should visit to the Kapiti Coast…

1: Kapiti Island & Marine Reserve - Experience the delight of seeing many of New Zealand’s treasured native birds on this magnificent island bird sanctuary. Many of the birds you get to see here are extremely scarce on the mainland. Access is by approved tourism operators only. Enjoy a guided tour of the Island to learn more about this unique Island reserve. The Marine reserve is a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing where you might catch a glimpse of whales, dolphins or seabirds such as penguins and gannets that are regular visitors to the area. It is a great spot for keen divers and snorkelers too, where you can explore the sponge gardens or discover the vast marine life such as, kingfish, blue moki or perhaps a ray or two.

2: Tararua Forest Park The Tararua Ranges bestow the coast with a backdrop of spectacular landscape as well as some great walking and tramping trails, swimming holes and beautiful picnic spots. There are walks to accommodate all abilities and fitness levels from short, easy family walks through to multi day tramps for the more experienced hikers. Always remember to check out the weather forecast before setting off.

3: Beautiful Beaches –The Kapiti coast provides a range of stunning beaches from remote stretches of coast to popular family beaches where you can enjoy picnics, swimming, fishing, or surfing. Otaki Beach is a perfect spot for walks and fishing. Paraparaumu Beach overlooks Kapiti Island and is a popular with families and boating enthusiasts. Raumati is good for surfcasting and swimming and Paekakariki is great for surfers and offers some lovely coastal walks in the ‘must see’ Queen Elizabeth Park.

4: Golf – There are a number of picturesque courses available on the Kapiti Coast, including the world renowned Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club that has been host to the New Zealand Open 12 times - even Tiger Woods has played here!  Other great courses to check out are the Waikanae Golf Course or the more relaxed Kapiti Golf Club or Otaki Golf Club.

5: Food and Wine – Kapiti Coast well known for its indulgent gourmet ice cream, chocolates, cheeses, and internationally acclaimed wines such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. The Lindale Centre is a fun place to call into, it is a farm themed shopping complex with a range of specialty stores where you can sample some of the local delicacies and perhaps enjoy a farm show too! Kapiti is also home to iconic annual Kapiti Food Fair, which hosts celebrity chefs and promotes quality local products and where you can enjoy all things cuisine.

The Kapiti Coast has attractions and activities to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. So come and experience this striking and unique stretch of New Zealand coastline for yourself and create your own ‘must do’ list!

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