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Discover Kapiti Heritage Day

Discover Kapiti Heritage Day

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  • Sun 18 Jan ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Paraparaumu i-SITE Visitor Centre, Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Discover Kāpiti heritage stories in one fun day of exploration, the Discover Kāpiti Heritage Day.

Kāpiti locals and visitors alike have the chance to discover the region’s enthralling and engaging heritage in one day.

Eight museums from Ōtaki to Paekākāriki will be open from 10am to 4pm to show and share Kāpiti’s moving stories.

So much of Kāpiti’s history and heritage is about movement. Warriors, whalers, missionaries, traders, bushmen and farmers, soldiers, aviators, artists, settlers and holidaymakers all forged Kapiti’s heritage. The museums, along with the Kāpiti Heritage Trail and Ōtaki’s Pipi Trail, tell their stories. Visit extraordinary spaces from the very large to the very small in Kāpiti’s familiar places.

8 museums - 8 locations - Ōtaki to Paekākāriki. Something for everyone.

Ōtaki: Otaki Museum, located in an old bank building, tells the stirring stories of the people of Te Horo and Ōtaki, at work and at play. The museum is featuring a WW100 exhibition: "Otaki Remembers World War One".

Waikanae: Across the Waikanae railway lines, the old post office houses the Kapiti Coast Museum. Step into a 1930s kitchen, view an old school room, a country barnyard and more. Staff will be dressed in vintage costumes as they serve tea and scones.

Waikanae: In the Waikanae town centre, the District's public gallery, Mahara Gallery, will be celebrating the historic high-profile artistic history of the region.

Otaihanga: The world renowned Southward Car Museum at Otaihanga houses the Southern Hemispheres largest private car collection. There are over 400 automobiles plus aircraft, bicycles, motorbikes, vintage tools and memorabilia - there's even a vintage Fire Engine. All set in park-like grounds, with a cafe on site.

Paraparaumu: Up by the Airport Control Tower, the Museum of Aviation has a great collection of aircraft models, alongside aviation and airport heritage. The busiest airport in the country at one time, Kāpiti Airport has welcomed royalty. The museum will be featuring an exhibition focused on the Royal New Zealand Air Force, based on their extensive collections of models and photographs.

Paekākāriki: Head into Queen Elizabeth Park at Mackays Crossing. Visit the Wellington Tramway Museum and take a journey on the Kapiti Electric Tramway to the beach. Buy a BBQ lunch, an ice-cream or a tram-ride to the beach. The kids will love it! There’s plenty to see in the Tramway Museum. Also in the Queen Elizabeth Park is the US Marines Memorial, commemorating the US Marines who were stationed in camps around Paekakariki during WW2.

Paekākāriki: The glorious days of steam train travel are brought to life by Steam Incorporated, next to Paekākāriki Station. Admire the standing locomotives as you explore the workshops where old engines and rolling stock are lovingly and accurately restored. See the newly-restored locomotive "AB608 Passchendaele", dedicated to the memory of those member of New Zealand Railways who fell in the Great War 2014-2018.

Paekākāriki: The Paekakariki Station Museum is in a working station with a restored signal box. The colourful stories of Māori, the village, the US Marines and the railway itself are told in movies, working models, objects and images.

Entry to the Discover Kāpiti Heritage Day is free - except at Southward Car Museum where admission charges apply.

Explore the stories of this wonderful region, with fun for all the family. Clip the replica ticket at 3 or more museums and go in the draw to win one of many great prizes. Make a day of it!

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