WELCOME TO WAIKANAELocated on the beautiful Kapiti Coast, just a 50-minute drive north of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, Waikanae has cafés and shops, superb restaurants, a golf course that welcomes visitors and a beach that provides safe areas for swimming, surfing and fishing.
The town of Waikanae is in four distinct parts: the beach, the garden area, the village, Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve, and the hills at Reikorangi.
The Nga Manu Bird Sanctuary is an interesting place to visit with numerous species of birds, including pied stilts, kea, wood pigeons and parakeets.
If you are keen on the outdoors, both the North and South banks of the Waikanae River have walkways. The South bank winds through parkland and trees, while the North bank takes in the estuary, bird life and coastal views.
The Hemi Matenga bush walk is another option for the outdoor person. It takes approximately 90 minutes to the top and back if you walk slowly.Sights of the coast to enjoy.
Parata Walking Track
Te Au Track
Bird watching, whitebaiting, walking and picnicking are among the activities you can enjoy at Waikanae Estuary. You can walk along the sand spit and river banks and see wading birds, such as variable oystercatchers and banded dotterels.
Waikanae also has an outdoor heated swimming pool which is open over the summer months from Labour Weekend in early november until the end of March.
There are 5 golf courses in close proximity to us -- courses at Waikanae, Otaki, Levin, Kapiti and the top 100 internationally ranked links course at Paraparaumu Beach where Tiger Woods made his NZ debut at the NZ Open.
No matter what your cuisine preference or mood, there are several very good restaurants and cafés located in Waikanae. Choices range from takeaways to fine dining.
Prah ta Pang on the Main Rd, The Front Room at 42 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach, Longbeach Restaurant Tutere Street, Waimea Cafe Waimea Rd and Melt on Te Moana Rd and Seasons Restaurant State Hwy 1 Waikanae.
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Waikanae offers a variety of shops in a village type atmosphere, four main banks, and two supermarkets. Coastlands is a large shopping centre which is located on State Highway 1 in the centre of Paraparaumu. Otaki offers a selection of Outlet shops 17km north of Waikanae, e.g. Icebreaker, Kumfs, Pumpkin Patch, to name a few.
Local Artists and Events
Kāpiti Coast Art: There are many interesting local artists and once a year an arttrail is organised to get acquainted with all of them. More about local artists you can find on Creative Coast.
A regular commuter train service to Wellington takes approximately one hour and links to the Airport Flyer at the bus station. The Intercity bus runs direct to the airport twice a day from Waikanae bus stop on Ngaio Road.
A Shuttle bus also runs to the airport.
For more ideas and information to help plan your stay, we encourage you to visit the following websites:
Tours to Kapiti Island Nature Reserve
Helicopter scenic rides
Please check my pictures from our garden and surroundings, they will hopefully encourage you to want to see more of the area...