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ABOUT KAPITI



Seascape B&B is located at Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach, which is popular for its fabulous wide flat natural beach, great cafes and beachside amenities, and a small airport which has daily flights to and from Auckland and Nelson. The Kapiti Island ferry check-in and departure point is across the road from the B&B. In Paraparaumu there are also some of NZ's top retirement villages, the internationally ranked Paraparaumu Beach golf course, bird-watching, riverside walks and wonderful native bush walks in the nearby hills.
The Kapiti Coast District stretches from Paekakariki in the south to Otaki in the north. It includes the towns of Te Horo, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati Beach, and Raumati South, and smaller localities such as Maungakotukutuku, Otaihanga, and Peka Peka. Along the thin coastal plains at the foot of the Tararua Range, the Kapiti Coast in common parlance also includes the neighbouring areas south to Plimmerton to the north of Porirua Harbour, and in the north includes some of the coastal areas of Horowhenua such as Waikawa Beach and even Hokio Beach, close to Lake Horowhenua. The district extends inland to the top of the Tararua Range, whereas in the public perception the inland hill country is rarely considered as part of the coast. Kapiti is possibly most famous for its island, Kapiti Island. This is a bird sanctuary, and a permit is required to visit.


KAPITI ISLAND

Kapiti Island Paraparaumu Beach

Kapiti Island (10 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide), is 5 kilometres offshore from Paraparaumu Beach, and is a sanctuary for endangered species of NZ native birds. It is accessible by launch ferry departing 9.00am most days weather permitting from the boat club premises just across the road from Seascape B&B, and collects visitors for the return trip home at 3.00pm.

The island is home to some of the world's rarest birds and most endangered birds, many of which are no longer found on the mainland. It is steeped in history, having once been the place of Ngati Toa chief's fortress, from where his tribe set out to attack other tribes up and down the coast. It was later used by early pioneers as a base for whale hunting. The Department of Conservation programme to eradicate all feral pests and possums from the island has been an outstanding success, and the methods used have now been used elsewhere in NZ and overseas.

The side facing the mainland is of dense natural bush, while the side facing the open sea is steep and barren. There are walking tracks, requiring a reasonable standard of fitness, leading to the summit, approx. 500 metres (1600 ft) above sea level.





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