Tourist Attractions in Otaki

Otaki Golf Club

Otaki Golf Club

Come and visit the Otaki Golf Club, situated only a few minutes from the main State Highway 1 (turn left at the BP roundabout and then right at the Telegraph Hotel).

We are the oldest Golf Club on the Kapiti Coast, being established in 1901. We will also cater for visiting groups as well as casual players willing to pay for one of the cheapest rounds of golf on the Coast.

The Otaki Golf Course is a links type 18-hole course which is easy walking with only slightly undulating fairways.

We are open 7 days a week, and as the climate in Otaki is always good, we are known as ‘The course for all seasons’. Telephone: 06 364 8260

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is the premier links course in New Zealand and has hosted the New Zealand Open championship on twelve occasions. It’s a great golfing day out! Telephone: 04 902 8200

10 Must-do Nature Coast activities in a day

The region of Kapiti and Horowhenua is a collection of unspoilt beaches, rivers, villages, friendly locals and natural, open spaces – the perfect places to enjoy real kiwi experiences.

We offer an affordable, self-drive, family destination just an hour from the main cities of Wellington and Palmerston North. Our spectacular coastal landscape and warm climate has made the region and its nature-based lifestyle a desirable place in the world to live.

For locals it’s a superb place to holiday at home, and for visitors from overseas (whether here for a major sporting event, or simply to explore this part of the world), it’s a great place to use as a base and take it easy. We are easily located on State Highway 1 and the North Island main trunk railway line.

There are many protected nature or conservation areas in our region including the iconic Kapiti Island, forest and regional parks, estuaries and wetlands …all these areas are available for you to enjoy.

Our cultural and heritage stories are told through our museums and historic sites, and everywhere you go are places to picnic, play, golf, walk, cycle, swim, fish or just relax!

Your stay here is complete with fresh, local food, some wonderful accommodation options, and friendly, relaxed people.

We welcome you to our region and know that you will treasure and look after it, and enjoy it as much as we all do. See you soon.

Here are 10 must-do's in our fabulous region. Visit us again and again until you’ve checked off this list!

  1. Visit Kapiti Island (day visit)
  2. Picnic at Otaihanga Domain and walk along the Waikanae River (1-4 hours)
  3. Visit artists in their studios (2-6 hours) - Kapiti Coast Arts Guide
  4. Take a day walk into the Tararua Ranges - DOC
  5. Go outlet shopping in Otaki
  6. Visit the WWII sites, Rangiatea Church, and visit a museum
  7. Meet locals at our community markets
  8. Visit Ramsar-protected Manawatu Estuary, Foxton Beach
  9. Five cafes, five courses in a day.
  10. Blueberry Art – creative inspiration and blueberries

We are called the 'food basket of Wellington' and you’ll find much of our fresh local produce on the menus of some stunning New Zealand restaurants. Our rich soils and passionate producers create some very good food and wine.

The reserve offers you an opportunity to see a diverse range of our native flora and fauna in just one visit.

We hope that by visiting the reserve you will gain an understanding of conservation and preservation.

Bird feed-out tours 11am daily, eel feeding 2pm daily. Nga Manu Nature Reserve offers you a unique opportunity to have a hands-on experience.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve
281 Ngarara Road
PO Box 126
New Zealand

Phone/Fax: +64 (0)4 293 4131

Nearby Activities


Take a scenic 20-minute drive to Owlcatraz – an excellent native bird and wildlife park in the charming inland town of Shannon. Meet the native New Zealand Owls, including Owlcatraz favourites 'Owl Capone', 'Owl Macpherson' and 'Owlvis Presley' in uniquely beautiful surrounds. Stroll through native bush, visit the old 'Shannon Jail', and treat the kids to a ride on the miniature train. There's huge, friendly cows to meet, plus Moppy the Donkey, Oha Kune Pig, Mai and Eye Deer all of whom you can pet! Plus you'll see the endangered North Island Weka and plenty of other birds and animals to meet.This award-winning attraction is fun for all the family.

The Parrot Ranch

Also less than 30 minutes from Otaki, you'll find a bird lover's haven – The Parrot Ranch. This is the largest collection of exotic parrots in New Zealand. Join in at feeding time, and chat with the friendly and talkative parrots who just love attention! Visit the bird nursery where you can see eggs being incubated and newly hatched parrots being nurtured. There's also a Reptile Room, with a great variety of lizards to meet, plus Turtles, Wallabies and more!

Nga Manu Nature Reserve

Immerse yourself in New Zealand's beautiful scenery and meet some of our most precious native creatures at Nga Manu Nature Reserve. There's the prehistoric Tuatara (a living dinosaur), the Morepork (New Zealand Owl) and a nocturnal Kiwi House.

You can feed eels, walk through an excellent aviary of native birds or take a bush walk or a stroll through the lush fernery. The look-out tower gives awesome views across Nga Manu, and there are lovely picnic areas and ponds and streams here.

Adventure and Excitement

4×4 Tours

Mount 'your own' powerful 4×4 vehicle and set off on a trail-blazing adventure through rivers, into lush valleys thick with native bush and up high ridges offering spectacular views. A thrilling way to see some of New Zealand’s most unspoilt landscapes.

Otaki Forks short walks

There are a number of easy short walks around the forks.

The Arcus Loop commemorates the Arcus family who farmed the Otaki Forks locality from the 1930s. The walk begins on Boielle Flat and crosses the Waiotauru River footbridge, then works its way across the river terraces and gullies as it climbs to join the Field Track, taking 50min return. There are good views of the campground and river.

The Fenceline Loop is a 1.5 – 2hr return trip that passes through regenerating forest above the campground and gives some good views of the Waiotauru Valley.

The Waiotauru Walk is an easy 40min return walk from the Waiotauru carpark up-valley to the site and relics of Seed and O’Brien's sawmill.

Otaki Gorge Adventures

Captivate Adventures know just how to get your adrenalin pumping! Join one of their groups in the mighty Otaki Gorge for White-water rafting, night rafting, kayaking or tubing. If you’d rather not get wet and wild, Captivate Adventures can also take you abseiling and rock-climbing, or you could tackle their high-ropes course. Regardless of your age or fitness level, you can be sure of a thrilling and memorable day out.

Cottage Park Motor Lodge Otaki Rafting

Horse Trekking

There are several operators, all within an hours drive from Otaki who can introduce you to the world of horse riding. Ride along the beach with the wind in your hair, trek through native bush or just learn to ride in an arena.

Scenic Flights

Discover the beauty of our coastline and the bush-clad mountain ranges on a scenic flight. You could take a birds-eye tour of Kapiti Island, learning about its amazing natural and cultural history as you explore the island's magnificent cliffs and northern lagoon.

Wilderness Walks

Keen walkers and hikers will find our coastline and lush mountain ranges a natural playground. Opportunities abound for everything from an easy stroll to full-day trek. Regardless of the length of your journey, you'll find stunning scenery, unspoilt landscapes and a sense of freedom. Walking Trail brochures are available from our reception office. Below, we've listed just a few of our favourites:

Wreck of the Hydrabad

The Hydrabad ran aground on Waitatere Beach in 1878, and a 1-kilometre walk along this beautiful beach will bring you to her sandy graveyard. The wreck is still visible.

Lake Papaitonga

Take this 20-minute stroll through mature forest and cross a wetland boardwalk. There were many Maori battles fought here, and interpretation boards along the way share the fascinating stories.

Food, Wine and Festivities

Our pleasant climate and rich soils nurture fresh produce all year round. Savour the flavours on offer at one of our funky little cafes or restaurants, or stroll around the Otaki markets or the Paraparaumu Farmers Market (held every Saturday) to buy the freshest of fresh produce or sample artful cuisine such as home-made relishes, jams and breads. Plenty of family-run roadside stalls offer up nature's harvest in the region.

Discover the outstanding quality of the well-known Kapiti Cheeses at the Lindale Tourism Centre. Meet some of New Zealand's cheese experts and sample the mouth-watering varieties.

Kapiti Ice Cream also tempts. Made with farm fresh eggs and lusciously thick cream, Kapiti Ice Cream is an indulgent delight! Imagine flavours like Fig & Honey, Mocha Fudge and White Chocolate and Raspberry Delight, scooped into a fresh waffle cone…yum!

Wine lovers will be tempted at the Celtic Organic Winery and the Winemakers Daughter, and you can see divine chocolates being hand-made at Nyco Chocolates.

Indulge in this region's fabulous temptations. Eat, drink and be merry – you're on holiday!

Otaki Forks

The Otaki Forks offers 6 walks from 40 minutes to 6 hours. The 45-minute Arcus Loop crosses river terraces, streams and gullies. The Sheridan Creek track crosses the Waiotauru River and follows the Sheridan Creek upstream, passing through bush and finally arriving to an old log hauler. (3 hours return trip).

Waikanae Estuary Reserve & Waikanae River Walkway

Explore the Waikanae Estuary, which attracts more bird species than anywhere else on the Wellington Coast. The Waikanae River Walkway has two sections (South Bank and North Bank) or you can take a round trip.

Mangaone Walkway

This stunning 3-hour journey includes rolling farmland, lush native bush and beautiful river landscapes. There are also panoramic views of Kapiti Island.