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Tsunami evacuation zone maps


Latest Kapiti tsunami evacuation zones – October 2018

The latest scientific advice means our tsunami evacuation zones have changed a little.

  • Some properties are no longer in a tsunami evacuation zone.
  • A few properties have been moved into a tsunami evacuation zone.

To check if you might need to evacuate, enter your address in the Tsunami evacuation zone finder

  • If your property shows up red, orange or yellow you’re living in a zone.
  • You might be living near one, so zoom out to see if there’s a zone close by.
  • To find out what that means, what you should do and where you should go, read more on this page about getting ready.

If you feel an earthquake long and strong, get gone!

It's really important for everyone in Kāpiti to know if they live, work or play in a tsunami evacuation zone.

Tsunami evacuation zone maps have three zones: red, orange and yellow. If there's a long or strong earthquake nearby, your zones should evacuate immediately without waiting for official warnings.

But knowing your zone is important for tsunami where there is time for official warnings - it's possible that for regional and distant source tsunami some zones won't be evacuated.


The red zone in Kāpiti is the beach and sand dunes. This is the highest risk area and the first place people should evacuate from in any sort of tsunami warning.


The orange zone is the dune area alongside the beach and nearby residential streets. It is likely to be evacuated during official warnings and evacuations.


The yellow zone runs a further 200 to 300 metres inland from the beach and includes low lying areas close to rivers. This area will be impacted by the current worst case scenario. This zone highest risk is from a local source tsunami generated by a long or strong earthquake.

Kāpiti tsunami evacuation zones

An overview of tsunami evacuation zones on the Kāpiti Coast

Please note: from time-to-time, tsunami evacuation maps are updated to keep up with the latest scientific information. So it's important to check in regularly to make sure your situation hasn't changed. If maps are updated, we'll push out information to let everyone know.

Specific zone maps

The following maps contain specific details for a specific zone or area:

Tsunami evacuation zones - Ōtaki

Tsunami evacuation zones - Te Horo to Peka Peka

Tsunami evacuation zones - Waikanae

Tsunami evacuation zones - Paraparaumu to Raumati

Tsunami evacuation zones - Raumati South

Tsunami evacuation zones - Paekākāriki

Tsunami evacuation zones - Overview

Remember, if there is a long or strong earthquake, evacuate all zones immediately. Do not wait for official warnings, as a tsunami might be only minutes away.

If there are official warnings over the radio or other channels, pay attention to what colour zones are being evacuated. For more information about different types of tsunami, and how to get tsunami ready, head to our general tsunami pages.

Tsunami assembly areas

Tsunami assembly areas are large open spaces where people can gather outside of the tsunami evacuation zones. However, it's important to note that there won't be welfare facilities available.


Ōtaki Domain

Haruatai Park

Te Horo:


Te Horo Community Hall, School Road


Waikanae Park



Mazengarb Reserve

Southwards, Otaihanga Road

Paraparaumu Domain

Kāpiti Primary School, Rimu Road

Raumati South:

Raumati South Primary School, 54A Matai Road


Paekākāriki Primary School, Wellington Road

In an emergency dial 111 for:

  • police
  • fire - including Rural Fire
  • ambulance

Ring this number if lives or property are at risk

Council emergency contact details:

04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486

Other emergency contact details: