Located just 45 minutes north of Wellington city, the Kapiti Coast is a popular playground for Wellingtonians.
Located just 45 minutes north of Wellington city, the Kapiti Coast is a popular playground for Wellingtonians. The area takes its name from Kapiti Island, which lies off the coast of Paraparaumu. Kapiti island is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary which protects some of the world's rarest and most endangered species.
The Kapiti Coast extends 30km from Otaki in the north to Paekakariki in the south, offering visitors a scenic backdrop of long sandy beaches, steep hills, bush, lakes and rivers. Townships include Te Horo, Otaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati, and Paekakariki. Waikanae has recently been awarded Keep New Zealand's Beautiful's Most Beautiful Town. This place is well worth a visit with galleries, stunning views, wonderful walks, a glorious beach and welcoming cafes.
The Kapiti Coast has a relatively sunny sheltered climate for this part of the country, protected by the hills on Kapiti Island to the west and the Tararua ranges to the east. Daily temperatures in summer average 23 degrees celcius, while winter daily temperatures average 11 celcius. Average rainfall is 977-1091mm per year.
On weekdays trains travel between Paraparaumu and Wellington approximately every half an hour throughout the day. During the day the service operates to a clock-face timetable.
Prior to 08:30 and during the evening peak hour however, trains are more frequent departing at about 20 minute intervals. During the weekday peak hours, when passengers are likely to be frequent travellers, the timetables are more complicated and express services (with limited stops to Wellington) are provided.
Paraparaumu Railway station is also served by the Tranz-Scenic service which runs once a day in each direction between Auckland and Wellington as well as the Capital Connection between Palmerston North and Wellington.
Many of the bus services within Kapiti Coast District are timetabled to connect with rail services throughout the day. Routes 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 & 77 terminate at Paraparaumu station and meet trains travelling to and from Wellington.
Services to and from Paraparaumu and Waikanae beach do not operate in the late evening after the PM peaks. During peak hours bus drivers must wait for late running trains so that rail passengers are not stranded at the station.
Kapiti has a wealth of attractions for visitors,With direct flights from Auckland and a short drive from Wellington, Kapiti is a easy refreshing break.
It is a place you can relax, and enjoy amazing nature, 40 kilometres of unspoilt beaches, a relaxed warm community and intriguing heritage. It's the perfect place to enjoy real kiwi experiences, a moderate climate and spectacular coastal landscapes.
Kapiti is also a very attractive place to move to and many residents have emigrated to New Zealand and settled here. Being just a 45 minute drive or train ride to the capital city, but with a relaxed beach and bush lifestyle, you get the best of both worlds in Kapiti.