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Tsunami Evacuation Maps

Tsunami Evacuation Zone Maps have been developed by Greater Wellington Regional Council, Kāpiti Coast District Council and Civil Defence, which identify the areas residents may need to evacuate in the event of a tsunami.

Each map has three evacuation zones: red, orange and yellow.


The red zone is the shore exclusion zone.  In Kāpiti, this is the beach and sand dunes.  This area represents the highest risk zone and is the first place people should evacuate from in any sort of tsunami warning (either formal and informal)


The orange zone is the area which is likely to be evacuated during official warnings and evacuations.  The official warning will come from local Civil Defence Emergency Management agencies such as your local council.

In Kāpiti the orange zone is the dune area adjacent to the beach and the streets closest to the beaches and rivers - make sure you check the tsunami zone map of your area to find out what zone you're in.


The yellow zone identifies areas that need to evacuate for the largest possible tsunami.  People should evacuate this zone in natural or informal warnings from local sources events such as a large local earthquake.

What do you need to know?

  • What zone(s) you live/work and play in
  • If there is a warning, listen to what colour zones are being evacuated
  • If there is a large earthquake, evacuate all zones immediately.

Tsunami Evacuation Zones

Overview of whole Kāpiti Coast area

Tsunami Evacuation Zones Overview


Specific Zone maps

The following maps contain specific details for a specific zone or area:

Tsunami Evacuation Zones - Ōtaki

Tsunami Evacuation Zones - Te Horo to Peka Peka

Tsunami Evacuation Zones - Waikanae

Tsunami Evacuation Zones - Paraparaumu to Raumati

Tsunami Evacuation Zones - Raumati to Raumati South

Tsunami Evacuation Zones - Paekākāriki

Tsunami Zone Population 2016

Plan and test your evacuation path

Know how far you need to go to get out of the tsunami evacuation zone - it's likely to be just 5 - 10 minutes walk.  

Check your local map and time a mock evacuation, walking inland to the edge of the evacuation zone (keeping an eye out for any useful areas of higher ground as you go).  Now you know what it'll take if you need to evacuate.

If you need to evacuate, it’s often best to go to friends or family in a safe area.  Alternatively, tsunami assembly areas may be useful places to arrange to meet others.

Tsunami assembly areas


Ōtaki Domain

Haruatai Park

Te Horo:

Te Horo Community Hall, School Road


Waikanae Park


Mazengarb Reserve

Southward's, Otaihanga Road

Paraparaumu Domain

Kāpiti Primary School, Rimu Road

Raumati South:

Raumati South Primary School, 54A Matai Road


Paekākāriki Primary School, Wellington Road

In an emergency dial 111 for:

  • police
  • fire - including Rural Fire
  • ambulance

Ring this number if lives or property are at risk

Council emergency contact details:

04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486

Other emergency contact details: