Kapiti Coast District

The Kapiti Coast District is a local government district of the Wellington Region in the lower North Island of New Zealand, 50 km north of Wellington City. The district is named after Kapiti Island, a prominent island 5 km offshore.

Kapiti Coast District
Looking across Waikanae Beach to Kapiti Island
CountryNew Zealand
RegionWellington
DistrictKāpiti Coast District Council
WardsŌtaki
Waikanae
Paraparaumu
Paekākāriki-Raumati
SeatParaparaumu
Government
  MayorK (Guru) Gurunathan[1]
  Deputy MayorJanet Holborow[2]
Area
  Total731.25 km2 (282.34 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2020)[3]
  Total57,000
  Density78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode(s)
5032, 5034, 5036, 5381, 5391, 5512, 5573, 5581, 5582, 5583 [4]
WebsiteKāpiti Coast District Council

The population of the district is concentrated in the chain of coastal settlements along State Highway One: Ōtaki, Te Horo, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati Beach, Raumati South, and Paekākāriki. Paraparaumu is the most populous of these towns and the commercial and administrative centre. Much of the rural land is given over to horticulture; market gardens are common along the highway between the settlements. The area available for agriculture and settlement is narrow and coastal. Much of the eastern part of the district is within the Tararua Forest Park, which covers the rugged Tararua Range, with peaks rising to over 1500 m.