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The Kapiti Coast is located in the south-western North Island opposite Kapiti Island. The district starts at Paekakariki in the south and stretches north toward Otaki. Other towns along this coast include: Raumati South, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu, Te Horo, and Waikanae. The district itself also extends inland to the top of the Tararua Ranges.
Besides Kapiti Island, the area is famous for its rural produce with Kapiti Fine Foods being the most well known.
But it is the coast that is the attraction here. Kapiti Island is clearly visible from all of the Kapiti Coast because of its long elongated shape. The island is unihabited and an important bird sanctuary for endangered species. You may have seen the island on the big screen as it doubled as the lost island in Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong".
State Highway 1 follows the coast giving views of beaches and Kapiti Island. For an absolutely stunning view of the coastline and Kapiti Island, an alternative route called the Paekakariki Hill Road climbs high up into the nearby hills to give you a sweeping view that also includes the top of the South Island. This road connects Paekakariki with Porirua.