The Kapiti Coast District is home 52,100 people and stretches from Paekakariki in the south through Otaki in the north.

It includes the towns of Te Horo, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati Beach, Otaki, and Raumati South, and smaller localities such as Emerald Glen, Lindale, Maungakotukutuku, Otaihanga, and Peka Peka.

Much of the growth along the Kapiti Coast is on coastal dunes and river plains systems that stretch from Paekakariki into the Manawatu. The hazards facing the Kapiti communities range from earthquakes, landslides and tsunami, through to floods from the steeply-flowing rivers that flow down from the Tararua Ranges and smaller streams that haven’t had any significant mitigation works completed.

Kapiti is connected to Wellington by one major road and a double tracked rail corridor with both transport links passing over fault lines, and alongside steep coastal cliffs. As such, the area’s communication connections with the capital and Wellington’s most direct link with the rest of the North Island are especially vulnerable.

On this page you can find:

List of community emergency hubs in Kapiti

Information about the tsunami risk to Kapiti 


Kapiti's Community Emergency Hubs

Community Emergency Hubs are about the community coming together to do what it can to help each other - people helping people with what they have available.

See a map of the region's hubs

Hub Name Venue Address Hub Guide
Otaki East Otaki Baptist Church 2 Te Manuao Road
Otaki West Otaki Library 81 Main Street
Paekakariki Paekakariki Primary School 100 Wellington Road
Paraparaumu East Kapiti Community Centre 15 Ngahina Street
Paraparaumu North Meadows New Life Church (Connect Church) 1 Realm Drive
Paraparaumu West St Pauls Church 1 Langdale Avenue
Raumati Beach Uniting Parish Church 10 Weka Road
Raumati South Raumati South Primary School 56 Matai Road
Reikiorangi Reikiorangi Community Hall 1/5 Akatarawa Road
Te Horo Te Horo Community Hall 56 School Road
Waikanae East Waikanae Memorial Hall 5 Pehi Kupa Street
Waikanae West Waikanae Baptist Church 286 Te Moana Road


Tsunami risk to the Kapiti Coast

 The coastline of the Kapti Coast is vulnerable to a possible tsunami, and it is important to know what to do.

 If you feel an earthquake that is either longer than a minute OR strong enough that it’s hard to stand up, then get to high ground, out of all zones (past the blue line), as soon as the shaking stops!  
If there is an official warning, then evacuate from the zones (red, orange or yellow) stated in the warning.


Open tsunami evacuation map 

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NOTE: While our  website has virtually unlimited capacity and will continue to operate at high speed even when under heavy load, the mapping system above may not be available as it uses data from outside our system. If it is slow to load then there are detailed downloadable maps of the Kapiti tsunami evacuation zones maps available:
Link to the Kapiti Coast tsunami evacuation zone maps