Haere mai, welcome to Queen Elizabeth Park

Location Located between Paekākāriki and Raumati South, Kāpiti Coast

This is one of our most popular parks - a great place for a day out with family and friends on the Kāpiti Coast.

Opening hours

Parks are always open to foot traffic.
Vehicle gates are open 8am-6pm 1 April – 30 Sept, and 8am-9pm 1 Oct – 31 Mar.




Grab your sneakers, bike or horse - there are tracks here for everyone! Jump on the tram for a ride to the beach or go bird spotting in the wetlands. Find out about the US Marines who trained here in WWII.

Learn more about the Trams and Tramway Museum

Ramaroa Centre

Maclean Trust Project

Know before you go

  • Dogs are welcome in all parts of the park, except for the Te Ara o Tipapa Loop. Whilst dogs are not required to be on a lead, please keep them under control and pick up after them at all times.
  • Camp at the Paekākāriki Holiday Park near the south entrance.
  • Fireworks are banned in all Regional Parks and Forests.

Download the park brochure

Getting there

There are three main entrances and each offers a slightly different experience of the park:

  • Mackays Crossing entrance off SH1
  • Paekākāriki entrances
  • Raumati South entrances

By public transport

  • Train: Catch the Metlink Kāpiti Line to the Paekākāriki railway station, visit the museum in the station and then walk or bike 1.5km to the southern park entrance at the end of Wellington Road. 
  • Bus: Take a No. 250 bus from Paraparaumu railway station to Jeep Rd, Raumati South. 

Head to Metlink to plan your journey:

Button with the Metlink logo

By bike

Plan your route with the Kāpiti, Porirua, Tawa cycle map.

By car

Mackays Crossing entrance off SH1

The main entrance is near the Ramaroa Centre and the Tramway Museum. Along the road are walking, cycling and horse riding tracks, the WWII US Marines display, restored wetlands and the kahikatea forest remnant. The road continues to Whareroa Beach, surrounding dunes and picnic areas.

Paekākāriki entrances

This entrance near the Paekākāriki Holiday Park gives access to picnic areas, the surf lifesaving club and safe swimming. 

  • Turn off SH1 into the Paekākāriki township and turn right into Wellington Road. The park entrance is at the end of Wellington Road.
  • Access the southern end of the Te Ara o Whareroa trail through the Tilley Road Reserve on Tilley Road.

Raumati South entrances

Access to walking and cycling tracks including the Te Ara o Whareroa trail, dune systems, and the Kāpiti Pony Club.

  • Turn off SH1 at Poplar Ave and follow the road to its end at the Esplanade. Turn left and drive for about 1km to reach the park entrance.
  • Access to the northern end of the Te Ara o Whareroa trail from Matai Road.
Updated July 3, 2024 at 4:23 PM

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