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Paraparaumu is located in New Zealand
Population: 25,263
(urban area)
( 2006 Census )
Territorial Authority
Kapiti Coast District

Paraparaumu (Māori: [ˈpaɾapaˈɾaɔmʉ])[1] is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. It lies in the Kapiti Coast, 55 kilometres north of the nation's capital city, Wellington.

Like other towns in the area, it has a partner settlement at the coast called Paraparaumu Beach, which lies directly opposite Kapiti Island. The two towns form part of the Kapiti Coast District. Together with the nearby Raumati and Raumati South they are among the fastest-growing urban areas in New Zealand, and are major dormitory towns with workers commuting to the cities that make up the Wellington urban area. The four towns between them have a 2012 population of over 49,000 people.[2] Inland behind Paraparaumu is the Maungakotukutuku area.

Paraparaumu means "scraps from an earth oven" in Māori: "parapara" means "dirt" or "scraps" and "umu" means "oven".[3] It is commonly abbreviated to "Para-Param", particularly by longer-term residents of European ethnicity, and simply "Pram" by local youth.


Paraparaumu is home to secondary school Paraparaumu College, with Kapiti College at nearby Raumati Beach and Otaki College in Otaki.


Main article: Kapiti Coast Airport

Kapiti Coast Airport is a popular recreational airfield and hosts the Kapiti Aero Club. Air New Zealand has daily flights between the airport to Auckland, Sounds Air operate to Blenheim and Nelson. Locally based Air2there operate to Blenheim and Nelson also.

Public transport[edit]

Paraparaumu is located on the North Island Main Trunk Railway, on the Kapiti Line of Wellington's commuter railway network operated by Tranz Metro under the Metlink brand. Electrified commuter services were extended to Waikanae on 20 February 2011, and additional stations have been proposed at Lindale and Raumati. EM and FP class electric multiple units operate the commuter trains. Beyond Paraparaumu, Tranz Scenic operates two diesel-hauled long distance services: the Capital Connection between Palmerston North and Wellington, and the Overlander between Auckland and Wellington. Both trains stop at Paraparaumu. There are also feeder and local commuter bus services.


Paraparaumu was formerly represented in soccer by Paraparaumu United. They merged with the Raumati Hearts in 2003 to create Kapiti Coast United, which is based at Weka Park in Raumati.

Born in Paraparaumu[edit]

Educated in Paraparaumu[edit]


Coordinates: 40°55′S 175°01′E / 40.917°S 175.017°E / -40.917; 175.017