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Travel to Māoriland

Māoriland is located in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast, 80 km from Wellington Airport
Kapiti Island at Sunset
Kapiti Island at Sunset

Te Huarahi Mai 

Travel to Māoriland

Māoriland is located in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast, 80 km from Wellington Airport

Ōtaki

Māoriland Film Festival is held in Ōtaki, which is nestled between the Tararua Ranges and Tasman Sea with views towards Kāpiti Island. 

This vibrant town, deeply rooted in Māori heritage, is a unique community where filmmakers and visitors alike can appreciate the distinct environmental and cultural elements.

How to get here

Visitors to Māoriland Film Festival can travel by air to the following airports

Kāpiti Coast Airport

25 km from Ōtaki
(24 min drive time) 

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Airline

Wellington Airport

82 km from Ōtaki
(1 hour 12 min drive time) 

Catch the Kāpiti Line from Wellington Railway Station to journey up the Kāpiti Coast (see public transport information below)

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Airlines

Palmerston North Airport

75 km from Ōtaki
(1 hour 4 min drive time) 

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Airlines

Travellers from Wellington may consider catching the train to Waikanae. This one-hour trip offers stunning views along the Kāpiti Coast.  Sit on the left-hand side of the train heading North for the best views out to Kāpiti Island. 

Car hire is also available at each airport.

Public Transport

The train from Wellington to Ōtaki is a one-hour trip that offers stunning views along the Kāpiti Coast.  Sit on the left-hand side of the train heading north for the best views out to Kāpiti Island. 

The  Capital Connection runs Mon-Friday departing Wellington to Ōtaki at 5.15 pm. Stay overnight and return to Wellington on the train leaving Ōtaki at 7.13 am. 

The Kāpiti Line runs every half hour to and from Wellington. The service arrives and departs from Waikanae, 15 minutes south of Ōtaki. 

There are also buses along the train route. Connecting from Waikanae, the 290 bus will bring  you to Ōtaki. The bus leaves Waikanae for Ōtaki’s Main St five times daily. This bus returns to Waikanae.

Intercity buses provide transport from Palmerston North and Wellington.

Check the timetable links below for more information. 

Capital Connection
Kāpiti Line
Metlink – Bus
Intercity

View to Kapiti

GETTING AROUND ŌTAKI

Please note that once you are in Ōtaki, there are no Uber or taxis available. 

We recommend hiring a vehicle if you would like your own autonomy during your time at the MFF