From fishing, visiting gardens, horse racing to playgrounds, there are plenty of things to do in Ōtaki. Annual events include the Kite Festival at the beach in February/March, Māoriland Film Festival in March and the Kāpiti Arts Trail in November.
Bike and Skate Park
A good quality skate park is situated at the corner of Riverbank Road and Aotaki Street, Ōtaki adjacent to a kids' bike park with tar sealed mini-road which includes road markings, Give Way and Stop signs so kids get to learn road rules and road-sense in a safe and fun environment.
Accessed via Kāpiti Lane or at the coastal end of the river cycleway, this concrete raised platform had indicator arrows highlighting key sights such as Kāpiti Island and the South Island and views across the estuary to the sea.
Captivate Adventure, Ōtaki Gorge Road, Ōtaki. Ph 04 299 1595 or 027 241 0199
Activities include rafting, kayaking, tubing, abseiling, rock climbing and many others. All adventures take around three hours to complete. At the end of their adventure guests enjoy the use of the swimming pool (summer only), barbeque facilities, and amazing river views.
Beachbrook Stables, 98 Rangiuru Road, Ōtaki Beach. Ph 06 364 0302 06 364 0302 or 027 244 8121
Epic Surf Schools Pavilion Building next to Ōtaki Surf Life Saving Club, Marine Parade, Ōtaki Beach Ph 027 7873464 / 027 SURFING
Open to swells from the northwest and southwest, super consistent year round offering plenty of classic learn-to-surf waves. Professional surf instruction for all ages and abilities. Bookings essential.
Ōtaki Golf Course,Old Coach Road, Ōtaki. Ph 06 364 8260
Miniature Railway and Gardens
LOCO, 200 State Highway 1, Ōtaki. Ph 06 364 6506
LOCO miniature railway & gardens has something for everyone. Step back in time and experience the nostalgia of the 1920s. This fascinating miniature landscape covers 1/4 acre. G scale models of some of the first steam locomotives. Open 11.00am to 4pm from 1 October – 30 April, every Sunday and daily during school and public holidays. Closed Christmas Day.
Lavender Creek Farm, 123 Settlement Road, Te Horo. Ph 06 364 3682
A heritage lavender collection in an attractive display setting with 330 types of lavender, making high quality lavender oils. Harvest times are advertised for public visit events.
Trinity Farm, 202 Waitohu Valley Rd, Ōtaki. Ph 0800 955 555
A beautiful three acre country garden showcasing over 1000 heritage roses.
Ōtaki Māori Racing Club, Rahui Road, Ōtaki. Ph 06 364 8078
The sole surviving Māori racing club in New Zealand – others having disappeared prior to twentieth century. As well as running all Ōtaki Māori Racing Club race meetings every season, the course also operates Levin Racing Club race days at the course. The racecourse itself is sited just two minutes east of Ōtaki Railway and State Highway One (follow the signs from the Ōtaki roundabout).
Pick your own fruit and vegetables
Penray Gardens – State Highway 1, South of Ōtaki. Ph 06 364 5302
Many varieties of fruits and vegetables available to pick including more than twenty different types of chilli. Check for seasonal availability.
Kitchen Shop and Cookery School
Ruth Pretty Kitchen Shop, 41 School Road, Te Horo. Ph 06 364 3161
Visit the Kitchen Shop - a cook's treasure trove for great gifts and enjoy espresso coffee and cake in the Garden Room. Summer hours (Nov-Mar) Monday - Sunday 9.00am to 4.30pm. Winter hours (Apr-Oct) Tuesday - Saturday 9.00am-4.30pm. Closed public holidays. Coffee service available until 3.30pm. Cooking courses also run from here
Lord of the Rings site
Near 467 Ōtaki Gorge Road to Otaki Forks – a natural tunnel of Totara trees used to film Outershire Woods and roads around Hobbiton.
River swimming spots
There are several spots along the river from Ōtaki Forks down to the coast. At Ōtaki Forks, by Waiohanga Bridge there is a vehicle track that leads down to a swimming hole.
Retreat centres – meditation and yoga
Māori art and craft
Arts and crafts
Artist Adele Souster http://adelesousterart.co.nz/artist/adelsous/About/ - Open by appointment 021 701 705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org