Kāpiti has a wealth of talent and a large and diverse arts scene, making it a fascinating creative destination for locals and visitors alike.

Amongst the many talented creative people on the coast, there are visual, fibre and digital artists, sculptors, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, filmmakers, jewellers and potters and more. There are many arts events of all kinds throughout the year. Listings for these can be found in Arts Events & Exhibitions below, in the local press, on the radio, and on events websites.

Kāpiti Arts Trail

Immerse yourself in arts and culture on the lively Kāpiti Coast! Galleries & studios are open to visitors all year-round, and many participate in the annual Kāpiti Arts Trail, usually held in the first two weekends of November.

Art in the Libraries

The libraries are home to significant local art works and community art exhibition spaces.

Art Exhibition Spaces

Paraparaumu, Waikanae & Ōtaki Libraries all have community artspaces available to the public to exhibit their work. Come and see some fabulous local art on your next trip to the library.

Mahara Gallery

The District's Public Gallery, Mahara Gallery has an annual programme of high-calibre curated exhibitions.

Council Grants/Arts Funding

The next funding round is Jul/Aug.


The Kāpiti Coast has a rich heritage and is home to seven wonderful museums with something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Council Projects

The Waikanae Library and the Mahara Gallery have plans to upgrade their respective facilities.

Council Policies

We adhere to a number of policies to ensure a consistent framework and principles are provided for all interested parties. A copy of full, printed documents can also be obtained by calling us.