Motel accommodation & activities in Greater Wellington
Waikanae, meaning “the waters of the yellow eyed mullet” in Māori, is a small town about 60 kms North of Wellington, on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand.
This holiday destination sits on the banks of the tranquil Waikanae River and is noted for its dramatic landscape. Its awe-inspiring backdrop of the Tararua Ranges and the Akatarawa Valley, spectacular beach, and beautiful parks and walkways, never fail to impress.
Waikane and the neighbouring Waikanae Beach Township (a short distance from Gisborne), attract both local and international visitors all year round.
Places of interest include the Waikanae outdoor pools, the Nga Manu bird sanctuary home to some of the rarest species of birds, including kea, pied stilts, wood pigeons and the native kiwi; the Mahara Gallery, the Reikorangi Pottery Park and the beautiful Burnard Gardens.
Waikanae offers a wide range of holiday activities including golf, horse riding, swimming, surfing, fishing, bird watching, 4WD excursions and eco tours, and bush walking.
When it comes to restaurants and accommodation options in Waikanae, visitors are spoilt for choice. This town offers everything from gourmet restaurants & stylish cafés to family takeaways and snack bars. Accommodation options in Waikanae include self-contained motel rooms, studio units and B & B suites.
Golden Chain Motels in Waikenae, New Zealand: