is one of New Zealand's oldest settlements and a celebration of
Maoritanga. Located within the magical atmosphere of the Kapiti
Coast and surrounded by the Tararua mountain ranges on one side
and ocean with the beautiful Kapiti Island on the other.
and micro climate has made the Kapiti Coast one of the most desirable
places in the world to live.
Otaki and Kapiti Island was the home
of the warrior chief Te Rauparaha. The oldest surviving Anglican
Maori Church, Rangiatea, was started by Te Rauparaha and the early
Anglican missionary Octavius Hadfield. It was tragically destroyed by fire in 1995 but has now been rebuilt. It is also the home of the
oldest Catholic church still in use in New Zealand, St Mary's Pukekarata.
Otaki is the home of Te Wananga O Raukawa, a unique centre of
higher learning devoted to the world of Maori knowledge (Matauranga
Maori). Established by a confederation of the three tribes Ngati
Raukawa, Ngati Toa, and Te Ati Awa.