Horse riding on Kapiti Beaches
Otaki, Te Horo, Pekapeka Beach
Horse riding is allowed on any of the Kapiti Beaches, but restrictions apply to areas near town centres and popular bathing or boat launching areas in Summer. (See below for a map and the beach rules)
Kapiti District Council Bylaw - Horses on Beaches Section
Horses and Stock Summer Restrictions - 01 December to the end of Daylight Savings
11.1 Between 11am –5pm from 01 December to the end of Daylight Savings (currently the first Sunday in April) no person shall ride, drive or lead a horse on the foreshore in the following restricted areas:
i. from the southern boundary of the District to the Wainui Stream mouth at the north of the Paekakariki Settlement;
ii. from the Official Beach Access at Jeep Road, Raumati South, to the Kapiti Boating Club, Paraparaumu Beach;
iii. from the Waikanae Boating Club, Waikanae Beach to the Waimeha Stream mouth, Waikanae Beach;
iv. from the beach access point opposite100 Marine Parade, Otaki Beach to the beach access point opposite 8 Marine Parade, Otaki Beach.
11.2 At all other times and locations, a person may ride, drive or lead a horse on the foreshore.
11.3 No person shall, on any part of the foreshore, ride any horse in a manner which causes danger or unreasonable inconvenience to any person or causes damage to the beach environment.
11.4 The Council may from time to time issue a permit authorizing horse racing or riding in a restricted area of the foreshore, in which case:
i. the provisions of this Bylaw apply except so far as varied by the permit and any conditions on the permit; and
ii. the rider must either clearly display the approved sticker or carry the permit so that it can be produced on demand.
11.5 Horses are prohibited from traversing all areas of the beach other than the foreshore and appropriately marked beach access ways.
11.6 A Council permit is required to lead stock on the beach.
11.7 No person who has obtained prior written permission from the Council to drive or lead any stock on any part of the beach shall do so in a manner which causes danger or inconvenience to any person or causes damage to the beach environment