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  • 2017

    VISITOR GUIDE

    Kapiti

    tararua forest park otaki kapiti island paekakariki te araroa trail queen elizabeth park te ara o whareroa track southward car museum paraparaumu tuatara brewery raumati south nga manu nature reserve trinity farm paraparaumu beach golf club otaki kite festival waikanae maoriland film festival te horo shop sport raumati beach otaihanga reserve play waikanae estuary

    i-SITE

    Within Mediterranean Food WarehouseCoastlands, SH1, ParaparaumuPh: 04 298 8195Open Monday to Friday 9am 5pmSaturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am 4pm

    Photo credit: Murray Short

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    With 40kms of unspoilt beaches sheltered from prevailing westerly winds by Kpiti Island, to the magnificent, wild landscape of the Tararua Range and Forest Park, the natural beauty of Kpiti is breath-taking. The area attracts artists and entrepreneurs who help make it a vibrant, creative area with a friendly coastal village atmosphere. Easily accessed by car, train or air, and just 35 minutes drive from Wellington on the Expressway, it is the perfect place for a relaxing break.

    Climb to the top of Kpiti Island and enjoy an incredible panoramic view from The Sounds to Taranaki.

    Tramp in the Tararua Forest Park.

    Walk the Stairway to Heaven part of the national Te Araroa Trail.

    Get into your groove at the family friendly day-long Coastella Music Festival held in the parklike grounds at Southward Car Museum on Saturday 25 February 2017.

    Take the kids or grandkids to Marine Gardens to the playgrounds, splash pad and ride on the miniature trains.

    Cycle through Queen Elizabeth Park on the Te Ara o Whareroa track from Paekkriki to Raumati South.

    Paekkriki 2Raumati 6Paraparaumu 9Otaihanga Reserve and Waikanae Estuary 11Paraparaumu Beach 12Kpiti Island Nature Reserve 16Waikanae 19taki 24Explore our rich history 28 Museums 30 Come to the beach 32Go up river 33 Have a go 33

    TOP THINGS TO DO IN KPITI

    WELCOME TO KPITI

    On two wheels or two legs 34 Get closer to nature 34Taste Kpiti 35 Play 36 Enjoy the arts 36Kpiti in the movies 37Shop til you drop 37Indulge those green fingers 38i-SITE information 40 Stay in Kpiti 40 Getting here 42Freedom camping 44Activity Directory 46Accommodation Directory 50

    CONTENTS

    See the largest private collection of rare and collectible cars in the Southern Hemisphere at Southward Car Museum.

    Go to a craft beer tasting session at Tuatara Brewery with matched hors doeuvres made from local ingredients.

    Visit the birds and tuatara at Ng Manu and feed the eels.

    Have a coffee and slice of cake at Ruth Prettys Springfield House and explore the kitchen and garden shop, or maybe take a cooking class.

    Enjoy a takeaway and sunset on Fish 'n Chip Hill Paraparaumu Beach.

    Fly over Kpiti in a plane or helicopter.

    Follow in the footsteps of Tiger Woods and play golf at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

    Fish for whitebait and trout on Waikanae or taki rivers or surf cast off the beach and enjoy your kai moana.

    Experience the spectacle of hundreds of kites on the beach at the taki Kite Festival in 25-26 March 2017.

    Be moved and inspired by watching some of the amazing shorts and feature films shown at the largest indigenous film festival this side of the world Moriland Film Festival - 15-19 March 2017.

    Eel feeding at Ng Manu Nature Reserve Photo credit: Ng Manu

    Te Araroa New Zealands Trail Photo credit: Martyn Cole

    RAUMATI BEACH AT SUNSET

    Photo credit: Grace Simmonds

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    The locals set the unique and relaxed vibe in Paekkriki. Its infectious. Visitors are made to feel like locals. They say experience Paekkriki for a day and it will stay with you for life. The eclectic mix of residents demonstrate their community spirit with planted berms (areas of grass outside properties going on to the road). Anyone can help themselves to the fruit and vegetables grown in what is locally known as the community orchard and garden. The parks around Paekkriki are cared for by community groups who plant tens of thousands of trees annually.

    Paekkriki was once an important stop on the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Companys line from Wellington to Longburn, completed in 1886. When dining

    The southernmost village in Kpiti, Paekkriki is an authentic Kiwi seaside village, regarded as the creative hub of the district with many actors, dancers, musicians, film-makers, artists and sculptors choosing to make their home here. For a small village, it has great facilities with cafs, a bar, bookshop, hotel, 24 seat luxury cinema, dairy, its own radio station (tune in at 88.2FM), monthly market, library, tennis court, organic greengrocer and other speciality shops.

    cars were removed from passenger trains in World War 1, Paekkriki was the main refreshment stop on the trip north. The station tea rooms were so busy, a 17 bed hostel was built nearby just for the girls serving teas. Nowadays a museum housed in the old

    tea rooms (open weekends 11am3pm) features displays about the rich and varied history of the station and surrounding area. Browse in the bookshop (believed to be the only one on a train station in New Zealand) and then have a cup of tea yourself in the old tea rooms.

    Paekkriki Holiday Park is situated at the far end of the village next to Queen Elizabeth Park. It was originally a US military base in World War II and became a holiday camp in the 1950s. This tiny village was home to 15,000 Marines during the war. A memorial and historic display in Queen Elizabeth Park commemorates their part of the areas history.

    Queen Elizabeth Park can be accessed from Paekkriki, offering lots of walking and cycling options including a popular family-friendly cycle path Te Ara o Whareroa through to Raumati South. A Visitor Hub is opening in 2017, near the entrance at Mackays Crossing.

    The traditional Mori art of flax weaving harakeke is alive and well in Paekkriki where the Te Rau o Te Rangi weaving collective meet in their own tiny club room in Tilley Road, on the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth Park. They run an annual event for beginners to learn about care of harakeke bushes and how to harvest the leaves to use in weaving.

    The surfs often up in Paekkriki. When its not, paddle boarding in the sunset is a popular pastime.

    PAEKKRIKI

    Restored signal box at Paekkriki Station Photo credit: Mark Coote

    Te Ara o Whareroa cycle path Photo credit: Mark Coote

    Market Day in Paekkriki Photo credit: Mark Coote

    VIEW FROM PAEKKRIKI HILL ROAD

    Photo credit: Mark Coote

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    Many enjoy fishing off the beach. Safe swimming is available at the north end of The Parade, where the Paekkriki Surf Lifeguards patrol during the summer months. Campbell Park and skate park on Wellington Road is a great place for the kids to play while Mum and Dad enjoy the vast ocean views.

    The village has its own art hub (usually open Friday to Sunday) upstairs in the Holtom Building. This building used to be a sewing

    factory but now is home to a number of artists including Alan Wehipeihana whose varied work includes furniture made from old books. Fans of the arts will also enjoy the 1.5km Art Walk around the village made by the community featuring past and present poets and artists.

    Paekkriki is the muso centre of Kpiti with St Peters Village Hall and the Memorial Hall on the sea front packing in quality acts throughout the year. The Memorial Hall is home to the Mulled Wine Concerts which run throughout the winter and feature quality national and international classical performers. St Peters Hall has had everyone from national icon Dave Dobbyn to the wild gypsy beats of the Balkanistas.

    Paekkriki is gateway to the 10km Te Araroa walking trail coastal escarpment track featuring the popular Stairway to Heaven. Reaching 220m above sea level, walkers enjoy spectacular views

    on what is considered one of the highlights of the national Te Araroa trail but be warned, it is not for the faint hearted. You need to be reasonably fit to walk it and not suffer from vertigo. Most walkers train back from the end of the trail in Pukerua Bay and then treat themselves at one of the cafs in Paekkriki.

    Close to the village is Paekkriki Hill Road which has a lookout stop at the top of the hill where you can

    View from Paekkriki Hill Road lookout Photo credit: Mark Coote

    Fun at Paekkriki Beach Photo credit: Mark Coote

    Te Rau o Te Rangi Collective working on a harakeke project Photo credit: Mark CooteCampbell Park Paekkriki Photo credit: Mark Coote

    see the Kpiti Coast all the way to Waikanae and Kpiti Island in silhouette.

    Whareroa Farm recreation reserve near Paekkriki offers walking, picnicking, horse riding and mountain biking activites. The reserve links to the adjoining Akatarawa Forest.

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    The Margaret Road boutique shops are a big draw card for Wellingtonian shoppers and visitors to Kpiti with shops offering national and international brands (some are exclusive New Zealand stockists).

    Kpiti College, also si

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