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Itinerary
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.
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Kapiti Island Nature Tours
Overview

Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand's oldest and most important Nature Reserves, and is a place rich in history. Join this tour for an unforgettable overnight experience; enjoy a range of bush walks, meeting some of New Zealand's most beautiful and endangered birds, before enjoying chef prepared meals at The Lodge. After an evening of great wine, food and company, your experienced guide will take you on a night walk to find the rare and elusive national icon – the Kiwi Bird.

Highlights
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a local guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
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Reviewed 13 June 2018
Wonderful time !!

Excellent Hospitality , Great nature life , Respectable ancient history etc... Every experience in this island was awesome!

Thank hisboss66
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Kia ora hisboss66, Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Kapiti Island. Great to hear you enjoyed every aspect of your visit! We hope to see you again someday. Nga mihi, Danielle

Reviewed 2 June 2018
Priceless Experience

We had the most amazing experience, went over as a group of 8 with no problems. Great guided tour, friendly and knowledgable staff, super yummy lunch, gorgeous day and came back having learnt many new things. Saw some beautiful wildlife and had an amazing time!...More

Thank freyacamplin
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Hi freyacamplin, Thanks for your review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Kapiti Island & learnt some new things too! The long conservation history of the island has resulted in some pretty special wildlife. We hope to see you again. Nga mihi, Danielle

Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile
Manaakitanga

Nga mihi nui kia kotou katoa My partner and I recently experienced the Kapiti Island Nature Tour, 2 days and 1 night with friendly welcoming and knowledgable guide, great food, wine and the glamping tent was superb. Together with the islands prolific native birdlife, birdsong...More

Thank GTRansfield
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Kia ora GTRansfield, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit to Kapiti Island. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the hospitality. The glamping tent is my favourite accommodation option - there's something pretty unique about hearing the birds all around you! We hope...More

Reviewed 21 May 2018
Wonderful, family-friendly experience.

Knowledgeable guide, great tracks, fabulous views, welcoming hospitality, delicious food and comfortable accommodation... in a relaxing environment.

Thank Sarah Jane L
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Kia ora Sarah Jane L, Thanks for your review. I'm pleased you found your guide knowledgeable & enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again. Nga mihi, Danielle

Reviewed 8 May 2018
Unique Experience That Should Not Be Missed

This 2 day / 1 night different experience was a memory that will be with me forever.Lots of encounters with wild birds living on a predator free island,mixing with the people/families who live and work on the island,walks in the bush, mountains and ruggered beaches,cruising...More

Thank bernardviv2018
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