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239 State Highway 1, Otaki
Phone: 06 364 7620


Aviation Museum
Love is in the air

Be it the mile-high club, eyes for the flight attendants, or just the plain admiration for flying, you can rekindle all these by visiting the Aviation Museum any weekend in June.

Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu, at the airport
June, weekends and public holidays from 1pm-4pm or by appointment
Contact: 04 905 4847

Hyde Park Museum
Love of the past

Visit the special Heritage Month display of lovely items from the past and be amazed at your short-term memory loss. A great place for a visit to yesterday.

State Highway 1, Te Horo
June, open daily except Monday, 9am-5pm. Free entry
Contact: 04 298 4515

Kapiti Coast Museum
Love on the radio

When you think of sending love messages, communicating becomes very important. Experience communicating with to your loved ones with all forms of radios and communicators, even a telephone board where the operator could listen in to your most intimate conversations.

Elizabeth Street, Waikanae
June, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 1-3pm
Contact: 04 293 2359

Mahara Gallery
Snuggle up

Take a break from the city and visit Waikanae’s Mahara Gallery, where you will find a sumptuous exhibition of traditional and contemporary quilts presented by the Kapiti Coast Quilters Group.

20 Mahara Place, Waikanae
From 12 June, Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm
Contact: 04 902 6242 or

Otaki Heritage Bank Preservation Trust
Love behind the bike shed?

An exhibition supporting the 125th anniversary of Otaki State School. Remember the teachers, the discipline, the Dental Nurse, the games we played, and the things we did at the back of the bike shed!

Otaki Museum, 49 Main Street, Otaki
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in June, 10am-2pm
Contact: Jill Stallard, 04 364 6886 or

Paekakariki Railway Precinct
Love on the railway

If you have ever travelled on an overnight Kiwi Express, you will know what

love on the train tracks is like. Here’s an opportunity to go back in time. Visit the restored Railway Station Museum and croon over the history of New Zealand Rail. Get up close and personal with the refurbished steam engines at Steam Incorporated, and then have a lovely ‘cuppa’ at the old refreshment rooms.

Railway Station Museum, Paekakariki
June, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-3pm or by appointment
Contact: 04 905 7207

Rangiātea Church
Lovingly restored

One of New Zealand’s most preeminent historic churches, Rangiātea has recently completed its lovingly detailed and authentic restoration after being devastated by fire in 1995. Te Rauparaha’s church has risen once again to command our awe in its majestic symmetry, our delight in its richly decorated interior and our riveted attention in the stories that embrace it and its surrounding.

33 Te Rauparaha Street, Otaki
Open daily during June from 11am-3pm (large groups please call ahead)
Contact: Andre Baker, 06 364 6838

St Mary’s Pukekaraka Catholic Mission
For the love of Mary

Lovingly and beautifully restored to its first 1881 restoration, Pukekaraka’s charmingly quaint St Mary’s Church is the oldest Catholic church to have been in constant use in New Zealand. It sits adjacent to the French colonial-styled Presbytery, both having been built during the time of the original French Marist Missionary Priests that established Pukekaraka Station in Otaki in 1844.The Presbytery awaits its own restoration scheduled for later this year.

Pukekaraka Catholic Mission, Convent Road, Otaki
Open daily during June from 10am-4pm (large groups please call ahead)
Contact: Irene Mackle, 04 364 3367, Makuini Johnson, 04 364 8520, or Catholic Presbytery 04 364 7125

Southward’s Car Museum
Love in the back seat

We all recall the days of love in and on four wheels in the motor car. You can relive that love with a walk around Southward’s Car Museum as you admire the vehicles of yesteryear.

Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu
Open daily during June from 9am-4.30pm
Contact: 04 297 1221 or

Tramway Museum
Trams and the love affair

Remember those early days in and around the city when you caught the tram to see your loved ones? Reminisce with a tram trip at Queen Elizabeth Park or fossick around the old Trambarn Museum any weekend in June.

Queen Elizabeth Park, Mackays Crossing entrance
Open weekends during June, 11am-3pm
Contact: 04 292 8362