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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.

Zoo Exhibit
“Ngā Manu is a nature and wildlife sanctuary set on 35 acres of lowland swamp forest in nearby Waikanae. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
“Distance from home =seven kms. Ten minutes drive or thirty minutes cycle along cycle tracks all the way ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Kapiti Island is an island about 5 km off the west coast of the lower North Island of New Zealand. It is 10 kilometres long, running southwest/northeast, and roughly 2 kilometres wide, being more or less rectangular in shape, and has an area of 19.65 km²”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Department of Conservation have tours to Kapiti Island. It is worth a trip if you have a day to spare. The Waikanae library has excellent information”
  • 16 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
Shopping Mall
“Coastlands is the biggest shopping mall in the district with over 100 stores, including large chains such as Farmers, The Warehouse, Briscoes, Noel Leeming, Harvey Norman, Rebel Sport, Kathmandu, Paper Plus, Event Cinemas, and other amenities such as medical centre, banks, hairdressers, post office, etc.”
  • 9 locals recommend
“"We believe in Waikanae Beach, and so took the opportunity to beautify two main corners at Waikanae Beach; Long Beach Tavern and Olde Beach Bakery. We created a point of difference by using vertical integration in our businesses, from growing the produce for the beverages and food we serve in our Veggies Patches, to making products from scratch".”
  • 18 locals recommend
“The park has several signposted tracks. Take the coastal route where you can admire Kapiti Island, or one of the inland routes through farmland, past the Model Aeroplane club rooms, and over the tram tracks. QE2 park is accessible from several points in Raumati South, McKays Crossing and Paekakariki.”
  • 16 locals recommend
“The Escarpment walkway follows the main highway between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay. Starting at road level the narrow track climbs slowly up to where (on a fine day) spectacular views of Kapiti Island and the northern end of the South Island can be enjoyed. Walk there and back in 4 hours, or take the train one way.”
  • 17 locals recommend
“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
“Sunshine and Romantic sunsets. Outdoor dining on calm nights. Indoor cosy dining. Laid back vibe. Also takeaway pizzas. Friendly people.”
  • 16 locals recommend
“About Waikanae Beach Waikanae Beach is a safe and popular swimming beach. It has a playground, tennis courts, cycle and walkway that connects with the harbour and the Captain James Cook statue. A very popular for fishing and picnicking under the trees. The reserve includes the foreshore from Grey Street to 'The Cut' including Waikanae Beach Holiday Park.”
  • 7 locals recommend
“Delicious croissants, pastries, cakes, pies and sandwiches. They also have a stall at the Waikanae market on Saturday mornings.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“The Front Room has a relaxed atmosphere with a modern interior and provides great food and service for small to large groups. Brunch is available from 9-3pm and lunch from 11:30-3pm. Dinner is from 5:30pm till late. ”
  • 14 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
“Beautiful beach and walkway. Nikau Reserve Walk. Heliworks Helicoptor tours .Coastlands Aquatic Centre.Escarpment hike paekakariki.Ngamanu Bird Sanctuary Waikanae.Great Fishing .4x4 Adventures in the Maungakotuku Valley.Ten Pin Bowling with Mini Golf.ourly Trains into Wellington where you can explore our beautiful City including Te Papa our World Class Museum. Weta work shop in Miramar.”
  • 8 locals recommend