Paraparaumu Scenic Reserve
To get to Paraparaumu Scenic Reserve from Paraparaumu on the Kāpiti Coast, follow the signs for Nikau Valley from Old State Highway 1, turn left at the end of Nikau Palm Road and head down Maui Pomare Road. You will see the DOC sign and carpark for Paraparaumu Scenic Reserve.
With a mixture of pastures, remnant forest, and regenerating native bush, as well as the Muaupoko Stream running through the reserve, it is a perfect spot for a picnic and bird-watching. However, there are no maintained tracks in the area so it is more suited for rambling and exploring than it is for serious hikes.