Paraparaumu Beach is situated to the west of the 'township' of Paraparaumu, located 50 km north of Wellington, New Zealand. The area overlooks Kapiti Island. In 1839, the New Zealand Company's leader, William Wakefield, landed at Paraparaumu Beach seeking land for settlement.
Paraparaumu Beach Links Golf Course has become world-renowned. The only course in New Zealand played by Tiger Woods, it is regarded by many as New Zealand's best courses, and is rated number 72 by US Golf Magazine in their world's Top 100. Paraparaumu Airport is located on the eastern side of Paraparaumu Beach. It is a base for private and charter flights, but also offers some commercial services to destinations around the lower North Island and upper South Island.
New Zealand artist Shona Moller has had her studio located on Paraparaumu Beach since 1999. Robert Miller better known by his ring name Butch Miller, a retired professional wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer best known as one half of the tag team known as "The Sheepherders" on the independent scene and in the National Wrestling Alliance and as one half of The Bushwhackers in the WWF lives in Paraparaumu Beach.