- Half-day or full-day tour along the Kapiti coast from Wellington
- Take in panoramic views from Battle Hill Farm Forest Park and Paekakariki Hill Summit over the North and South islands
- Enjoy local tastings
- See Marlene Dietrich’s Cadillac and other rare automobiles at Southward Vintage Car Museum
- Visit Rangiatea Historic Church and see kiwi birds at Nga Manu Nature Reserve if you choose the full-day tour option
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What You Can Expect
Travel through the gently rolling farming country of Pauatahanui before making your first stop at historic Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, where the final conflict between the Maori and British was fought in the 1840s. Take in views of snow-capped mountains from the hilltop site, then see more panoramic views from nearby Paekakariki Hill Summit. From this spectacular vantage point, you can see for miles over to Kapiti Island, across to the South Island and up the coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
There’s more history as your tour takes you to 1940s Camp Russel, where US marines were stationed during World War II. Returning to the North Island’s west coast, head to the resort town of Paraparaumu to sample locally made treats. You’ll also visit Paraparaumu’s Southward Vintage Car Museum, whose collection of more than 400 rare automobiles includes such rarities as Marlene Dietrich's Cadillac and Chicago gangster Mickey Cohen's armor-plated limousine.
If you choose the full-day option, your Kapiti Gold Coast Tour includes a stop for light refreshments at Ruth Pretty’s, one of New Zealand’s foremost chefs. You’ll also visit Rangiatea Historic Church in the town of Otaki on the Kapiti coast, see New Zealand’s protected flightless kiwi bird at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and enjoy lunch at a beach cafe.
Your Kapiti tour ends with the journey back to Wellington, taking you through coastal and rural countryside before dropping you back at your hotel.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable tour with our excellent guide John piloting a very comfortable Land Rover. John provided many highlights with his history of the area, views of the Kapiti coach, morning tea at Ruth Pretty's, Nga Manu Nature Reserve (birds), Beach Cafe for Fish and Chips and the Southward Museum of Cars being standouts.