10. Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti Coast
Even if you haven’t been here, you’ve probably eaten the ice-cream. The gingernut flavour (our favourite) tastes even better when looking out at the island that gives the area its name.
Catch a train to Paraparaumu and a bus out to the beach, and you can be there from Wellington within a couple of hours. Perfect for a weekend trip. Take a ferry over to Kapiti Island itself and see what NZ would be like without predators. Really special.