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Four Things to do on a Rainy Day in Kapiti

Winter’s coming up, time to bundle up and prepare to shelter whilst it pours down outside. But don’t let the rain put you off having a good time – here are four fun things to do on a rainy day in Kapiti.

1 – Go to the pools!

There are two main indoor pools in the Kapiti Coast. These are the Coastlands Aquatic Centre and the Ōtaki Pool. Coastlands Aquatic Centre is located on Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu and the Ōtaki Pool is located at Harutai Park, Mill Street, Ōtaki.


Both pools are open every day apart from Christmas Day and from 1pm on Anzac Day.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the Coastlands pool is open from 5.30am-9.00pm. On Tuesdays, it closes at 8pm.

On weekends and public holidays, the pool opens at 8am and closes at 8pm. Adults can swim for $5 and children, students and seniors for $3.

From Monday-Friday the Ōtaki pool is open from 5.30am till 8pm. On weekends and public holidays, it is open from 8am till 6pm. Adults can swim for $5 and children, students and seniors for $3.

Both pools have a great community feel and cater towards all ages

2 – Go to the movies!

If you’re looking to kick back and unwind, why not go to the movies? You could go to Finn’s Cinema in Paekākāriki or Event Cinema in Coastlands Shopping Centre. Or, if you’re looking for a more luxurious feel, Shoreline Cinema at Mahara Place in Waikanae has got you covered.


3 – Ten Pin Bowling

Kapiti Ten Pin Bowling is located at 1 Te Tupe Road, Nikau Valley, Paraparaumu. It’s a popular place to go, especially in the holidays, so you may want to pre-book an alley. As well as bowling, the venue also offers outdoor mini golf, arcade games and a few pool tables. You can have a whole day of fun from a trip here.  

4 – Southward Car Museum

Southward Car Museum is located on Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu and is open from 9am to 4:30pm. The museum holds an impressive display of over 400 vehicles, as well as 3 aircrafts. The facilities are spotless and everything is very well laid out. There is a nice cafe and souvenir shop worth popping into as well. The admission fees are $18 for an adult, $15 for NZ Gold Card, $5 for children aged 5-15 and $40 for a family pass.



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