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Life in Waikanae — “the lifestyle centre of the Kapiti Coast”

Waikanae vista - photo © by Warren Ixer

The Kapiti Coast is renowned for its natural beauty and mild climate, which means that residents are able to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year. Waikanae itself – having a large number of retired people in the community – is particularly well equipped to provide a superb lifestyle for older people.

Parkwood Retirement Village is located in a low density road traffic area less than two kilometres from the town’s shopping centre. Wellington and Palmerston North are within an hour’s drive, while Paraparaumu lies only ten minutes away to the south.

The Trust’s courtesy bus service visits Waikanae’s shopping centre every weekday except Wednesday, when it goes to Coastlands shopping mall in Paraparaumu. The bus picks residents up from and returns them to their own villas.

Mahara Place shops, Waikanae


Art galleries
Medical and specialist centres
Nga Manu Bird Sanctuary
Recreation and sports ground
Shopping centre
Swimming pool complex
Top class cafes and restaurants
Waikanae Beach



Bowling clubs
Country Women’s Institute
Golf club
Horticultural society
Music society
Riding school
Squash club
Tennis club