Haere mai, welcome to Queen Elizabeth Park

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This is one of our most popular parks - a great place for a day out with family and friends on the Kāpiti Coast.

Opening hours

Daily from 8am until sunset

Opening hours

Daily from 8am until sunset

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Grab your sneakers, bike or horse - there are tracks here for everyone! Jump on the tram for a ride to the beach or go bird spotting in the wetlands. Find out about the US Marines who trained here in WWII.

Know before you go

  • Dogs are welcome on the beach and in picnic areas if on a leash. Dogs are not allowed in wetland or farmland areas.
  • Camp at the Paekākāriki Holiday Park near the south entrance.
  • Fireworks are banned in all Regional Parks and Forests.

Park notices

Flooding in Queen Elizabeth Park

Update 16/12/21

Over the past week we have had to close the cycleway a couple of times due to flooding. Currently it is open but more rain is on the way so we may need to close it again. We will put up track closure signs if the water levels rise again. Thanks for your understanding.

Update 14/12/21

We have had to close the Queen Elizabeth Park cycleway again due to flooding and the threat of more rain to come. We have track closure signs up and will let you know when it is safe to open again. Kia kaha and thanks again for your understanding.

Update 9/12/21

The cycleway is now open, but please be aware there is more rain on the way and the water level may rise again. Stay safe out there.

Posted 8/12/21 

Queen Elizabeth Park has been hit pretty hard by all this rain along with many other areas of Kāpiti. Sadly we have had to close half the cycle way until the water subsides and we have put up track closure signs to keep everyone safe. Thanks for your understanding in this time. 

Download a map showing the cycleway closure

Flooding in Queen Elizabeth Park

Covid-19 update

Posted 3/12/21

The Wellington Region moved to the Orange setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework at 11:59pm, Thursday 2 December 2021. Most of our regional parks facilities and campgrounds will not require a vaccine pass.

Read the full guidelines >

Download the park brochure

Getting there

There are three main entrances and each offers a slightly different experience of the park.

Mackays Crossing entrance off SH1

The main entrance is near the Ramaroa Centre, Tramway Museum and the Kāpiti Stables. Along the road are walking, cycling and horse riding tracks, the WWII US Marines display, restored wetlands and the kahikatea forest remnant. The road continues to Whareroa Beach, surrounding dunes and picnic areas.

Paekākāriki entrances

This entrance near the Paekākāriki Holiday Park gives access to picnic areas, the surf lifesaving club and safe swimming. 

  • Turn off SH1 into the Paekākāriki township and turn right into Wellington Road. The park entrance is at the end of Wellington Road.
  • Access the southern end of the Te Ara o Whareroa trail through the Tilley Road Reserve on Tilley Road.

Raumati South entrances

Access to walking and cycling tracks including the Te Ara o Whareroa trail, dune systems, and the Kāpiti Pony Club.

  • Turn off SH1 at Poplar Ave and follow the road to its end at the Esplanade. Turn left and drive for about 1km to reach the park entrance.
  • Access to the northern end of the Te Ara o Whareroa trail from Matai Road.

Travel by train or bus

  • Train: Catch the Metlink Kāpiti Line to the Paekākāriki railway station, visit the museum in the station and then walk or bike 1.5km to the southern park entrance at the end of Wellington Road. See the Kāpiti Line timetable.
  • Bus: Take a No. 250 bus from Paraparaumu railway station to Jeep Rd, Raumati South. See the Bus 250 timetable.
Updated December 16, 2021 at 1:39 PM

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