Paraparaumu / Paraparaumu Beach is on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand's North Island.

Kapiti Island and Paraparaumu

Get in

A 40 to 90 min drive or 60 min train trip from the nearest cities of Palmerston North and Wellington. InterCity operates several daily scheduled bus services throughout this region and most backpacker buses stop here.

The nearest airports are Palmerston North, Wellington and Paraparaumu. Air New Zealand services Paraparaumu to and from Auckland.

Get around

Mana Coach Service provides a bus service between Paraparaumu and Paraparaumu Beach to Coastlands and the railway station to get you where you need to go. There is also a local taxi service available.



Paraparaumu Beach is the gateway to Kapiti Island where the visitors and locals come to catch their boat to the world famous nature reserve. The Kapiti Island visit is an experience and one that can be made even more alluring because of seasonal weather making it inaccessible.

Sheltered by the island, the popular yet unspoilt beach is a safe haven for children to play, build sandcastles, and swim. A neat children's playground and a challenging skate park for the older ones make boredom here a slim chance.

For a bit of exercise try your luck at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club or some bowling practice at one of the local greens.


The village is a good place to buy local. The Saturday market is a special community experience. Drop in to have your breakfast and have a look. It's a great place to meet local people, local growers and local producers.


There are many cafes and restaurants both in town and near the beach making this a great stop for those needing to refuel. When ordering fish and chips down at the beach ask them to point you to Fish and Chip Hill where locals soak up the sun, picnic and at times feed the many seagulls that hang around.


If you just want a place to unwind and catch up with friends, there are a couple of local bars to sip on your favourite drink and order a hearty meal.


With many motels and hotels this town is not short of a place to stay and accommodation rates suit those wanting a quick stop over or a relaxing weekend on the coast.

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