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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Grocery Store
“Bigger range of international foods and a few minutes further away on foot. Open until 10pm every day.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Best food and best restaurant but best off all, can rely on awesome live music. Well known on the coast. Takes 11 minutes to drive from the cottage to the venue.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Campground
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  • 4 locals recommend
  • 55 Experiences
Establishment
“Easy five minute walk to enjoy beautiful views of Räumati beach and Kāpiti island whilst sipping your favourite brew. Particularly stunning at sunset ”
  • 12 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
$$
“Close to the Waikanae shops with inside and outside seating. Includes North End Brewery. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Stunning Kapiti Coast views from high up on the challenging foothill mountainbike tracks, ride the restored trams to a fantastic beach, horsetreks. Site of the historic American Marine camps and very interesting education Centre. Miles and miles of shared pathways connected throughout the entire district suitable for bikes, walking, jogging and horses.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is a new facility (only 3 months old) with at least 10 big washers and 12 big dryers. It has excellent facilities for tourists but the locals go there as well because it is fast and cost effective.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“Superb menu. Great staff, and lovely vibe. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or coffee. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Food
“Drop into their factory shop and bar. Try the tasting menu. Especially good on a sunny day. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Kapiti Island dominates the view from of Paraparaumu Beach. Photography is a pastime of many locals and the sunsets can be spectacular. The beach is safe for swimming and walking. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“It's under cover, native birds and bush, climb to a fabulous view. Only 10 mins drive.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Still walking distance (15 minutes) from our location if you want restaurant type food at lunch time or in the evening. maison8.co.nz/”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pretty standard Kiwi cafe, what makes it unique is that it has a Keto menu and lots of gluten free options. Very close to the beach and the Saturday morning farmers market.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
$$
“Family owned Italian restaurant, good service and atmosphere. Pays to book in advance but you never know...”
  • 6 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
Park
“Wonderful tree lined beautifully groomed park for adults and children. Water themed activities in Summer. Sunday afternoon sit upon train rides Summer concerts. Rose gardens. Three minutes walk from home. Cafes alongside ”
  • 5 locals recommend