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Overnight Kiwi Spotting Tour on Kapiti Island

From US$251.88
Highlights
  • A range of bushwalks are available for a range of fitness levels
  • Choose from en suites, cabins and luxury tents for your overnight accommodation
  • Learn about the history of the land from your guide and a local Māori family
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Overnight Kiwi Spotting Tour on Kapiti Island
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Overview
Just off the Kapiti Coast is Kapiti Island, a bird and nature sanctuary free of predators and pests. This overnight experience offers the one-of-a-kind opportunity to stay overnight on the otherwise uninhabited island. Try one of the island’s many walking tracks and spot native birds in the canopy. Later, enjoy a chef-prepared meal in your luxury accommodation and then head out with your guide to look for New Zealand’s endangered, nocturnal national icon - the kiwi.
What to Expect
Your ferry departs daily from Paraparaumu Beach, roughly 1-hour drive north of Wellington City. You can choose to board the ferry at 9am, and return at the same time the next day.

On arrival you will be greeted by your experienced nature guide who will tell you stories of Kapiti Island's incredibly rich human and conservation history - from heroic Maori warriors to some of the world’s first dedicated conservationists.

Walking paths on Kapiti Island are well marked, and vary in difficulty from easy 1-hour flat walks to more demanding 3-4-hour hill climbs to stunning views. Wherever you choose to walk you'll be surrounded by a huge range of endemic New Zealand bird life.

Meals and accommodation are based at the Lodge - an intimate experience with a small number of guests. The chef selects local wine, beer, and produce to create an unforgettable dining experience (all included in price).

After dinner you embark on a night walk through grassland and bush, led by an experienced Kiwi spotting guide, to try and spot a wild Kiwi bird in its natural habitat. This is one of the most successful, easy, and enjoyable Kiwi spotting experiences in the world. Under a night sky undimmed by light pollution you can enjoy the sights and sounds of wild New Zealand by night.
Reviews (51)
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Olivia loves Pania

Mum, Olivia and I had the most fantastic trip to Kapiti island. The weather the day before departure was horrible, however the clouds parted and we were blessed with fabulous weather for the two days. Pania was the most fantastic guide and hostess and my...More

Thank gillm122
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
An amazing experience

Thank you to everyone who made our visit and stay at Kapiti Island an unforgettable experience. The hospitality was excellent, and the wildlife and scenery just amazing. Nothing could have been better than drifting off to sleep listening to the calls of the kiwi, and...More

Thank Sightsee62358319393
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Sightsee62358319393, Thanks for reviewing your overnight stay on Kāpiti Island. It is such a special place & it's our whanau (family) privilege to be able to share it with manuhiri (visitors) such as yourself. The birds always seem so much louder on the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nature at it’s best

Thank you Manaaki, Wayne, Maia and Skye for welcoming us to your home and slice of paradise. We stayed for 2 days and nights and were privileged to see NZ bush life as it should be without predators. It was wonderful to walk the trails...More

Thank carlmychelled
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora carlmychelld, Thanks for your review of your recent stay on Kāpiti Island. We are a small whanau (family) business & enjoy being able to share this special place & our history on it with manuhiri (visitors) such as yourself. Awesome to hear you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Experience

My husband I have just spent two days on Kapiti Island courtesy of Kapiti Island Nature Tours. Wow what an experience! We were welcomed by Pania who was our hostess for the two days and she went out of her way to make our visit...More

Thank faye993
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora faye993, Thanks so much for reviewing your overnight stay on Kapiti Island. We really love sharing this beautiful place that our whanau (family) have lived for nearly 200 years, and it's great to read that you enjoyed the manaakitanga (hospitality) during your time...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Friendly and welcoming

We couldn't have wished for more in terms of hospitality. The cabin was comfortable and we enjoyed the personal touches added through quilting, and flax work. Meals were plentiful with wine and beer available at dinner time. The various tracks showed an abundance of weka,...More

Thank Happiness827661
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Maxine C, Thanks for your review of your recent visit to Kapiti Island. I'm so pleased to read you enjoyed the manaakitanga (hospitality) of your visit - we are really fortunate to have this special place in our whanau & it's great to...More

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