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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Wellington Region > Kapiti Coast > Paekakariki


This sleepy seaside village is the southern gateway to the Kapiti Coast, and is very easily accessible from Wellington. The lovely beachfront, a few shops and restaurants and accommodation are all within walking distance of the train station. There’s a laid-back, arts-oriented, sort of hippy vibe here and it makes a great day trip or place to chill out for a little while. There are a couple of nice parks in Paekakariki as well.

Coming & going

Wellington’s TranzMetro (tel (04) 801 7000) suburban rail system makes getting to Paekakariki a breeze. The one-way fare to Paekakariki is $8 ($6 off peak), however a day trip is better value with the $10 Day Rover travel pass, which makes it an affordable excursion from the city. Trains run approximately every half hour.

Hostel accommodation

Paekakariki Backpackers

11 Wellington Road, Paekakariki
Tel (04) 902 5967

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