“Just returned from a months exchange with Ron and Myra. Their home was ideal and in a great location only a few minutes walk from the beach. Lovely views across to Kapiti Island. We did many short trips to all parts of the New Zealand north island. It is an amazing place with spectacular scenery everywhere. Napier was my favourite city. Bay of Islands boat trip is a must. All in all a fabulous place. Ron and Myra are highly recommended as exchangers and we thank them for the opportunity.”
Myra's reviewsAs a host (1)
Where is it?
Our street borders a large and very popular golf course. A four minute walk along the street in the other direction leads to an access path to the beach. The long grey sandy beach with drift wood and dunes is great for walking along in all weathers and it commands spectacular sunsets. The sea is good for swimming and used year round for fishing and kayaking. Directly across the 5km of sea is Kapiti Island which is a Department of Conservation nature reserve covered in native bush and home to many NZ native birds. Regular tourist trips are taken to the island.
Up and down the Kapiti Coast are other small settlements to explore, each with beaches and cafes. The road further north leads to all major North Island towns. A day or weekend trip over the Rimutaka hill from Wellington takes you to the Wairarapa and the wine-growing region of Martinborough.
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, a beautiful small city sitting on a natural harbour and surrounded by bush clad hills. The "coolest little capital in the world" (Lonely Planet). Compact and easily walkable, it is filled with good shopping, restaurants, and coffee places. "Among the best eight cities in the world for good coffee" (CNN 2014). The waterfront is a great spot to visit and is always buzzing at weekends with markets, cafes and often outdoor concerts and other activities.
The capital city has a reputation as a vibrant cultural centre with a wide range of music, theatre, opera and dance as well as regular film festivals. In Te Papa National Museum, central downtown, you can spend hours exploring the history, geography, arts and architecture of New Zealand. Wellington has also become internationally well known as the home of the production studios for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.
In the centre of New Zealand, Wellington is a good position to base oneself as a jumping off spot for further North Island travel or venturing down to the South Island. There are ferries to the South Island daily from Wellington, Wellington airport (58 km from our home) has regular flights to all other city and many towns in the country. Paraparaumu also has a small airport with internal flights to Auckland, Nelson and Blenheim on a daily basis.
You may also like
Traditional New Zealand beach house or beach located on Rosetta Road Raumati Beach on the Kapiti coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Very sunny, very...
Our home is a large family property, with beautiful sun and lots of outdoor space, including comfy seating and BBQ. Easy bus to the city centre is at the end...
We are open to all requests but would prefer 5 days minimum. Our home in the hills is light, airy, private with fabulous views over Wellington harbour to...