Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand's premier bird sanctuaries and nature reserves and is accessible to the public via approved tourism operators. Day excursion trips to the island depart daily. Paraparaumu Motel is just a 5-minute drive to the departure point located at Kapiti Boating Club.
Kapiti Tenpin family entertainment centre is just a 2-minute drive from Paraparaumu Motel. They have 14 bowling lanes and you can enjoy the atmosphere with glow bowling and music on weekend nights. The on-site Suzy's Café has a great selection of cabinet food as well as an extensive menu and is fully licensed for the adults. The entertainment centre has a Game Zone for all ages, also 18 holes of mini putt, pool tables and table tennis.
Coastlands brings you convenient shopping, offering over 80 amazing stores under one hub. Located on State Highway 1 in the centre of Paraparaumu, Coastlands is a 5-minute walk south of Paraparaumu Motel. Coastlands is one of New Zealand's most established shopping centres and offers a mix of boutique shopping together with bulk retail as well as corporate conference facilities.
Our Lady of Lourdes
Overlooking Paraparaumu Motel is one of the most dramatic landmarks on the Kāpiti Coast, a 14m high statue of the Virgin Mary. Commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, it is one of the largest in the world of its kind. The massive statue was completed with its crown of 17 lights in August 1958. When floodlit, its sparkling halo is visible for kilometres. 'Stations of the Cross', scenes of Christ's passion in mosaics, are placed beside the hilltop path. Entrance between 14 and 20 Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu.
Southward Car Museum
Located just a 5-minute drive north of Paraparaumu Motel, Southward Car Museum is the largest and most comprehensive car museum in the southern hemisphere. This world-class collection features more than 400 cars, motorbikes, planes and many more restored treasures. They also have a large theatre, extensive function and conference facilities, a gift shop and an in-house café.
Kapiti 4x4 Adventures
A range of action-packed adventures from 1 hour to 6 hours to explore hectares of nature's paradise on a quad bike. All safety equipment provided. Strong footwear essential. Minimum age 16 years. Other onsite activities include archery, air pistol shooting and clay bird shooting.