Activities around Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
The Kapiti Coast is one of the fastest growing areas in New Zealand and is known as the "Nature Coast". It enjoys excellent beaches, walking tracks, nature reserves and an abundance of arts and crafts in and around the village. Kapiti Island, just offshore, is a nature reserve not to be missed. The area has excellent fishing.
If staying for business or pleasure you can relax at the end of the day with a drink in the bar or enjoy an evening meal in Finn's Restaurant which is open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday inclusive from 6pm-8.30pm. Local wines are in stock and a local brew "Tuatara" Pilsner and Hefe are on tap.
Travellers booked on the ferry to the north or south find Paekakariki the perfect place to spend the night rather than stay in the hustle and bustle of the city. A 30-40 minute train ride takes you to the door of Wellington's Westpac Stadium, making it the perfect place to stay when attending a function there. A return train ride brings you right back to the door.
Close to museums, craft and jewellery shops, galleries, long walks on the beach and Queen Elizabeth Park walking and cycle tracks. Kapiti Island nature tours and several golf clubs are other activities available.
We can cater for small weddings (20-50 people). Get married on the beach or in the historic St Peter's Church across the road and back to Finn's for your reception.
Beach Road Deli and Paekakariki Café are just across the road from Finn's.
Kāpiti Arts Trail
Don't miss an explosion of colour and creativity during the Kāpiti Arts Trail! More than 100 local artists will be displaying art in a huge range of mediums along the length of the district – a great opportunity to have a fun day out with friends, talk to artists about their works and purchase some beautiful Christmas gifts. Check out the website for more information, listings, maps and the Kāpiti Arts Guide.www.kapiticoast.govt.nz
Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway
The Paekakariki Escarpment Track forms 10km of the trail connecting Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay. It runs high above State Highway 1 and the railway, reaching 220 metres above sea level. There are spectacular views, and it is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail. Walk the whole track (approx 4 hours) or walk to the summit from the Paekakariki end and return (3 hours). Come back to Finn's and enjoy relaxing refreshments.www.tracks.org.nz
Steam Incorporated is dedicated to the restoration to full working order of ex-New Zealand Government Railways' locomotives and rolling stock to provide unique rail journeys on the KiwiRail railway lines of New Zealand.www.steaminc.org.nz
Paekakariki Station Museum
The museum presents artefacts relating to the history of Paekakariki and its surrounding area. Items on display relate to both Maori and European settlement, the history of rail in the area and the encampment of thousands of US Marines near McKays Crossing during World War II.www.stationmuseum.co.nz