Not too many years ago, Paraparaumu was known primarily as a holiday location for Wellingtonians wanting a weekend break. These days Paraparaumu is a thriving community with predominantly full-time residents including many retirees.
Paraparaumu is popular for its fabulous natural beach promenade lined with some excellent cafés. To the east past Paraparaumu Airport and adjacent to State Highway One is Coastlands Shoppingtown, the fifth largest shopping mall in New Zealand.
There is no shortage of things to do during your stay in Paraparaumu ranging from Ten Pin Bowling and lawn bowls, to golfing and glow golf, all within an easy drive by rental car from Rent Me Rentals.
For a bit more action you could a try a 4x4 off road adventure. Kapiti Four x 4 Adventures on Maungakotukutuku Road Paraparaumu will take you across rugged terrain covered in mud, bush and rivers for a thrilling 4x4 adventure. Onsite activities include clay bird shooting, golf chipping, war games, air pistol shooting, horseshoe pitching and more.
A short 1 minute rental car drive north of Paraparaumu is the Lindale Tourist & Agricultural Centre. Lindale is a country experience that includes farm shows and walks. The 30 minute farm show includes a shearing and milking demonstration, a talk about farming in New Zealand and an opportunity to hand milk a cow. Lindale has an a farm yard, and a number of paddocks providing an opportunity for people to mingle with, feed, and pet lambs, chickens, ducklings, calves, kids, pigs, and rabbits. On a walk around the farm you'll see a variety of sheep, cattle and goats, deer, llama, alpaca and emu.
Lindale is a great place for lunch or a coffee and a stroll around the boutique shops offering gifts, souvenirs, art, candy, olives, wine and honey. Sample a full range of Kapiti Cheeses, including gold medal-winning Aorangi and Kikorangi. Finish your Lindale experience with a yummy Kapiti Ice Cream. Delicious!
Another two minutes north by rental car is the Southward Car Museum. On your wander around the Southward Car Museum you'll see a selection of vehicles from one of the largest and most comprehensive privately owned collections of veteran and vintage cars in the Southern Hemisphere.
The 6,000 square metre display changes regularly and includes rare vehicles like the 1915 Model T Ford, a 1981 De Lorean Sport Car and a 1895 Benz. The Southward Car Museum is in Otaihanga Road Paraparaumu.