Paekākāriki is one of several modest coastal towns along the Kapiti Coast. It has a bit more of a village feel than Pukerua Bay to its south and is more rustic that Raumati to the north. There are several cafes and restaurants, plus a cool artist co-op as you leave the main highway. Also check out the nice museum and second hand bookshop at the restored 1800s era railway station.

The beach lacks the fascination and opportunity for beach combing of Pukerua Bay and is really the south end of the long sweeping bay in front of Kapiti Island. But bike, walk, play in the sand or water, all just a step away.

Paekākāriki is also on Te Araroa. The very popular section, the Paekākāriki Escarpment Track, starts by the railway crossing.

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