Makara Beach at sunset
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Makara offers access to Wellington's west coast escarpments, historic Fort Opau and the West Wind Recreation Area.

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    About this place

    History and culture

    The cliffs and spectacular views at Makara are features that for centuries provided the people of the area with good vantage points for the defence of their land.

    You can explore the Ngati Ira pa site on the promontory at the western end of Fisherman's Bay. There are also gun emplacements at the top of the cliffs, marking the position of Fort Opau, which was garrisoned by 100 soldiers during World War II.

    Getting there

    Makara is 16km / approximately 30 minutes drive from Wellington City. From Karori follow Makara Rd to Makara Beach, or Takaru Gorge Rd from Johnsonville.


    Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
    Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
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