Art, Culture & History
Museums and History
This region has a rich and fascinating history, and there are many places where you can ‘step back in time’ and share in our stories.
Right here in Otaki, you’ll discover the historic and beautiful St Mary’s Pukekaraka Churches. St Mary’s Pukekaraka Church, built in 1851 and is the oldest Catholic Church still in use in New Zealand. Visitors are always welcome www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/RegisterSearch/RegisterResults.aspx?RID=4701
Also the Rangiatea Church which was built by the great Maori Chief Te Rauparaha and early European missionary Hadfield. The original church, which drew visitors from far and wide, burnt down in 1995 but an exact replica has recently been built. Inside the church are beautiful examples of traditional Maori carving and weaving. rangiatea.natlib.govt.nz/
And so many more places to go and things to see – ask our team for their recommendations and driving directions.
Arts & Culture
The spirit of creativity and living culture is alive and well here, and there are numerous collective galleries, private art studios, design stores and traditional Maori arts centres that you can find on the Kapiti Arts Trail. Pick up a copy of the Kapiti Coast Arts Guide from our office, and spend a day exploring the visual and cultural treasures of this region.