Makara Beach at sunset

Image: Matt Bins | Creative Commons


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

Place overview


  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Mākara Beach area

About this place

History and culture

The cliffs and spectacular views at Mākara 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

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


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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