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Top recommendations from locals

Zoo Exhibit
“Ngā Manu is a nature and wildlife sanctuary set on 35 acres of lowland swamp forest in nearby Waikanae. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“Distance from home =seven kms. Ten minutes drive or thirty minutes cycle along cycle tracks all the way ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Great food, coffee, fully licensed. great variety of drama, arthouse, childrens holiday and new release movies. 3 intimate cinemas with luxury seating.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Zoo
“I wouldn't call it a zoo, more like an open farm. Most 4 legged animals are fenced but it's a great place for kids, old and young. Its a drive into a land with no reception but they have wifi at the cafe. Free parking.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Kapiti Coast is home to a vast array of artists; painting, drawing, sculpting, pottery, jewelry making, flax weaving, mosaics, glass blowing, stained glass, wood turning..... you name it, we have it. Mahara Gallery is just one of the many places where the locals display and sell their works.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Kevin and Nancy offer an excellent range of restaurant and pub food, wine and beer, including some great New Zealand craft beers. Ask Kevin for a recommendation. They also do takeaways if their kitchen isn’t too busy. They have a movie theatre and often have interesting local movies. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Movie Theater
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Fine fine brews. Home of Salt + Wood Collective so also home of excellent BBQ food and cocktails.”
  • 1 local recommends
Art Gallery
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“A day-trip to visit the island is by permit only (can be arranged and purchased online) in order to preserve the natural habitat of the many unique bird species that live on the island. The north end of the island is privately owned and an overnight stay can be arranged where visitors are taken on a guided night walk to here the Kiwi in their natural environment.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bowling Alley
“In a small group. Have some fun even if your a beginner and go Ten Pin Bowling ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“A small museum, run by enthusuastic amateurs, in the old Meteorological Building next to the Paraparaumu Airport Control Tower. The display of historic photographs of Paraparaumu Airport is probably second to none. The museum offers an introduction to New Zealands airliner history and illustrates it through reproduced photographs, models and collections of memorabilia from the flights themselves.”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“The Kapiti Coast Museum in Waikanae (10 minutes north) is an awesome place to visit to learn about the history of the Kapiti Coast.”
  • 1 local recommends
Gym
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“This has a bar one side and a TAB/Sports bar the other. It's not too busy during the day, the sports bar side gets busier in the afternoon during the week and both sides are steady over the weekend. They will have all sports games showing.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends