Why-kah-nye) is a small town on New Zealand's Kapiti Coast.
The name is a Māori
"The waters of the yellow eyed mullet
". Another settlement called Waikanae Beach
exists near Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
is about 60 kilometres north of Wellington, New Zealand's capital
city, and is between the towns of Paraparaumu, eight kilometres to the southwest, and Otaki, 15 kilometres to the northeast.
Waikanae and its neighbouring settlement of Waikanae Beach serve as
quiet places for families and older people. Many new cafes have
opened up in Waikanae and Waikanae Beach to service both the locals
and visitors to the beautiful Kapiti Coast. Just north of Waikanae
is the small settlement of Peka Peka.
and surrounding area is most noted for its beautiful beach and
river mouth, which is opposite the long form of Kapiti Island, which lies four kilometres offshore in the
The waters between Waikanae Beach and
Kapiti Island are a marine reserve, and whales are sometimes
spotted on their migration routes through the narrow corridor. The
beach itself is composed of black sand, but is still great for
water sports and long walks. Inland, behind Waikanae, are the Tararua Ranges and the Akatarawa
Valley, home to a popular conservation park, Staglands Wildlife
Reserve. A road through the valley provides a link
with the Hutt Valley via Reikorangi and Cloustonville.
has much historic and mythic meaning for the Māori people of New Zealand.
The town is located on State Highway 1
North Island Main Trunk
. The only direct commuter train to Wellington is the Capital Connection from Palmerston
North which leaves for Wellington in the morning and
returns in the evening on route to Palmerston North. However, there is a frequent bus service to
Paraparaumu which connects with the regular train service to Wellington.
On 8 May 2007
, the Greater Wellington regional council approved
an extension of the electrified Paraparaumu commuter service
The goal is to complete the extension by 2010, when new electric multiple units
- Adam Ray, "Rail Upgrade Gets Green Light", The
Dominion Post, 9 May 2007.