Kapiti is also called the nature coast and is blessed with great weather, high sunshine, moderate rainfall and extensive natural resources - land, sea, forests and rivers - as such the Kapiti area.
Has more than its fair share of Nature reserves and sancturies including world heritage sites as listed below,
Produces goumet foods, crops, and fruit that win international accolades for quality and taste - go to the Gourmet Foods page
Features some of the best transportation displays in the southern hemisphere
Lifestyle and climate has attracted world renown artists with the area now having an active sculpture, painting, crafts and music culture
The lifestyle also takes advantage of the natural resources with a mulitiude of sports from Golf, Fishing, Hunting, Diving, Cycling, Walking etc etc - see the additional pages on Golfing in our region including Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club - regarded as the finest links course in the Southern Hemisphere.
Visits to Nature Reserves, Forests and Islands, Birdwatching
If you are interested in New Zealand's native birds then the below attractions are excellent - also see the separate page on Birds at Vista del Soltogether with photos of a trip to Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary which we highly recommend.
Kapiti Island, an internationally known nature reserve is 5km offshore, 10 km long, 2km wide with the highest point 520m above sea level. Permits are needed to land and there are organized trips, public tracks and organized tours for sights and bird watching of some of the worlds and New Zealand rarest birds with Kapiti Island Alive see http://www.kapitiislandalive.co.nz
Nga Manu Nature Reserve - 35 acres of coastal lowland forest with over 700 plant species, 56 bird species and other flora and fauna is run by a trust to research, preserve, recover and educate about a wide variety of NZ plants, tuatara, lizards, and native birds. You may spend time alone seeing the attractions in the wheelchair accessible grounds or go on one of the tours to discover or feed Kiwi, Tui, Kaka, Tuatara and other fauna and flora. For Vista del Sol guest's with limited time you may organise an individual guided tour See http://www.ngamanu.co.nz for costs and timetables.
Kapiti Bird Tours with Mik Peryer for an entertaining and educational bird watching tour through Waikanae River Estuary where approximately 63 species of coastal and aquatic birds visit. Waikanae Estuary has more species than any other site in the Wellington District - see http://www.kapitibirdtours.co.nz
Owlcatraz - an attractive Native bird and wildlife park with miniature train, glow worm cave, cafe see www.owlcatraz.co.nz
Staglands Nature Reserve - A Sanctuary assisting in saving some of New Zealand's endangered bird species together with a cafe and farm visit with a beautiful drive to get there - see www.staglands.co.nz
Murrayfield Clydesdales - cafe, pioneer museum, Clydesdales, farm visit, model town
Manawatu Estuary - a large estuary area where upto 93 birds have been identified, a welcome and farewell for migratory birds including godwits and knots from Alaska and Siberia is held around the equinox each March and October.
Artists, Crafts, Sculpture, Potters, Museums and Galleries
Over 28 Artists, many internationally renown, are available for you to visit
The annual Kapiti Coast Arts Trail is usually the second week of November
There is an unlimited amount of fishing, diving, hunting, tramping, 4x4 tours, river rafting in the National Parks, forests, rivers, beach, marine areas of Kapiti Nature Coast.
see www.captivate.net.nz for rafting, abseiling, rock climbing and day walks in the Otaki Gorge area
There is an extensive Network of Walks and Trails for hiking, cycling, tramping in Forest Parks, along beaches, through many reserves and along river tracks and the beaches.
Golfing at 6 clubs within 30 minutes travel of Vista del Sol, including clubs to an international level. See the Golf Page for more information on all courses.
For additional information on the Nature Coast and upcoming events go to www.naturecoast.co.nz
Wellington Attractions 1 hour South by train or motorway - go to www.wellingtonnz/com
Palmerston North attractions 1 hour north by Motorway