Kapiti Coast

Otaihanga Domain, Makora Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu 5036

Type of Course – Out and back

Shoes Required – Road

Things to know

The domain has two toilet blocks, ample parking and a playground for the kids. Park in Otaihanga Domain.

Parking suitable for motorhomes

Forgotten your barcode? Head to the Warehouse Stationery for printing.

Nearest showers at Coastlands Aquatic Centre

Very low risk of cancellation

Cafe: There is a coffee cart on-site.

Location of start:

The runs starts in Otaihanga Domain, Paraparaumu. Take the path towards Waikanae River. Cross swing-bridge then walk upstream to the parkrun start.

Getting there by public transport

Take the train to Paraparaumu Railway station, then Bus 262 Paraparaumu – Paraparaumu Beach (via Mazengarb Rd). Get off at Manly St. 

Walk to Otaihanga Park via Kotuku Dr, Petrel Cl, foot-track, Makora Rd. (Total walk 2km)

From Waikanae Railway Station – Bus 280 Waikanae Station – Waikanae Beach – Waikanae Station. Get off at Barret Dr. Walk south along Queens Rd until you get to Weggery Dr. 

Walk along Weggery Dr until you get to the path to the Waikanae River. Cross the swing–bridge and head up stream to the start area. (Total walk 1.4k). 

Getting there on foot

See public transport directions.

Getting there by road

From the north: Follow State Highway 1 to the Peka Peka/Waikanae exit. Keep right to continue onto Hadfield Link Rd, follow the road to the left. Continue onto State Highway. At the roundabout take the second exit onto Otaihanga Rd. Follow Otaihanga Rd and continue onto Makora Rd.

From the south: Follow State Highway 1 to Kapiti Rd, turn right, then turn left onto Arawhata Rd and continue onto Mazengarb Rd. Turn right onto Ratanui Rd, turn left onto Otaihanga Rd and continue onto Makora Rd. 

Look for parkrun flags at the entrance to the domain. 

From the Waikanae side: Park car on Weggery Dr. Take path towards Waikanae River. Cross swing-bridge then walk upstream to the parkrun start.


First run: January 24, 2015

Inaugural attendance: 205

Record attendance: 205 (24/01/2015)

Course records 

Women: Hannah Oldroyd 18:19 (17/02/2018)

Men: Paul Martelletti 15:30 (01/01/2020) 

The Story Behind Kapiti Coast parkrun…

Jude Wadsworth, stalwart volunteer

Andy Jenkins, my son-in-law, was going to Porirua parkrun, which is about a half hour drive away and he thought it would be nice to not have to get up quite so early.

There were Kapiti people going to Porirua so he thought he could start on here.

He went to council and had one route down the side of the stream but council said they would be closing that path – we’d already had a test run.

It was closing for the expressway so we worked with Kapiti Coast Council to find somewhere else.

They put in permanent markers for us and have been a really good supporter of parkrun.

At the inaugural run I was on finish tokens and that’s evolved to doing the volunteer roster and whatever job needs to be filled.

Andy has been event director for five years. I’ve only ever done a couple of freedom walks – I prefer to be there to support Andy; I’m so proud of what he’s done.

It’s an amazing event. Apart from Andy, my biggest reason for supporting it is to have a family event where families can come and all have they have to pay for is to get there and back.

Our numbers go up and down because of winter sports. We don’t see every family week after week but when it’s between seasons we see them. I love it. It’s a real family event.

I knew a lot of people already but it’s definitely extended my community.

I’m usually on finish tokens but scanning is good, especially with the new technology and you get to know people that way.

One thing about our parkrun is the birdlife – in summer we have Australian cockatoos on the course.

While in Kapiti…

Kapiti Island

Southward Car Museum

Paekakariki Escarpment Track

Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

Kapiti Chocolate Factory