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Kapiti Island Classic Guided Day Tour
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Kapiti Island Classic Guided Day Tour

By Kapiti Island Nature Tours
Recommended by 97% of travellers
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Duration: 5–6 hours
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  • Return ferry transportation from Paraparaumu Beach to Kapiti Island
  • Department of Conservation and local council permits
  • An introductory talk from an experienced and passionate local guide
  • Lunch prepared by chef at The Lodge
  • A 1hr guided nature/history walk.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry / Admission - Kapiti Island
  • Entry/Admission - Kapiti Island
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (not required)


Start:
  • 29 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand
    Directions: Drive north fm Wellington City on State Highway 1. When you reach the town of Paraparaumu, turn left at traffic lights, follow Kapiti Road to the Kapiti Boating Club at the end of the road, take the 1st exit left on to Marine Parade, cafe is on corner of Howell Rd & Marine Parade.
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  • Kapiti Boating Club, Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand
    You will return to the beach at Paraparaumu Beach, in front of the Kapiti Boating Club.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17098P2

  • Please contact us between 7-7:15am on the day of your tour to confirm your check in time and that the tour is going ahead. Ph: 0800 527 484.
  • Lodge closed during June/July/August for annual maintenance
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Kapiti Island Classic Guided Day Tour?
Kapiti Island Classic Guided Day Tour price starts from $297.53. Discover and book Kapiti Island Classic Guided Day Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Kapiti Island Classic Guided Day Tour cancellation policy?
Kapiti Island Classic Guided Day Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Kapiti Island Classic Guided Day Tour on Tripadvisor
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  • Kapiti Island Nature Tours
    1,121
    Paraparaumu, New Zealand
    Joined in August 2012
  • marshasW3781SD
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    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    The island was nice -- the stay was not
    My husband and I booked an overnight tour and specifically reserved the one cabin that had an ensuite bath and a small kitchen. It also had a wood burning stove. The weekend we were there it was very cold. When we arrived at the cabin, the fire had not been lit. We asked if we could have a fire and we were told, no, but they would get us hot water bottles. This seemed ridiculous to us, but what could we do? We went on the kiwi walk after dinner (which was very nice and homey). While we understand it is difficult to guarantee wildlife viewings, we thought the walk did not last long enough. We had been divided into two groups and the other group saw both types of kiwi. It would have been helpful for the two guides to talk to each other (by text) so that our guide could know where to look. After the walk we were dropped off at our cabin, that was now even colder. We were told we had been given an extra blanket. We figured we could have a nice hot shower and go to sleep. Unfortunately, there was no hot water. We found out the next day that it had not been turned on. So we spent a miserable night with no fire and no hot water on a night the temperature went down to -2C. We slept in our clothes, clinging to our hot water bottles. Given the amount of money we paid to stay in an ensuite cabin, with its own wood burner, we feel we were entitled at least to heat and hot water. We decided to leave early to get back to our warm house and nice hot shower. We were not offered any kind of refund.
    Written 26 May 2024
  • debsm249
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birthday treat glamping overnight expereince
    What a brilliant idea!!! Loved the opportunity to be able to stay the night. Listening to the bird sounds overnight in our extremely comfortable glamping tent was amazing. The food cooked for us was delicious, and there was plenty of it, luckily, as all that fresh air and exercise certainly made for hungry bellies! The set up for staying is amazing. Loved it. And the walks, wow. Would recommend the steep walk up to the trig, stunning, amazing bush, so much bird song. Views at top impressive. Same with the hill walk at the north end of the island. Easily doable on Day 2, even after the trig walk, and well worth the effort! Best idea ever, being able to stay over!!
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Escape48650342786
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do trip.
    Not to be missed! The whole time was amazing. DOC staff were knowledgeable, caring and friendly. The family on the island were the same, and looked after us so well. We were treated to one of the best experiences of our lives. Seeing so much nature and vegetation in such an amazing environment. Definitely recommended.
    Written 18 May 2024
  • gortonnelson
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful experience.
    Had a great weekend, so much bird song and great to see a kiwi on our night tour. Very informative guides, wonderful meals and warm cosy cabins.
    Written 7 May 2024
  • Passport22404857367
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great birdlife and a beautiful island
    We did a self guided day tour, although it started with a really great introduction and briefing from one of the guides. We went mainly for the birdwatching and the island exceeded our expectations, it was as good as Ulva for us! With a bit of patience and a pair of binoculars we saw just about everything. Kaka, kakariki, hi hi, whitehead, saddlebacks, kokako, tui, bellbirds, gannets. Somebody else saw one of the two resident takahe. No kiwi of course as we were there during daylight hours. The walk to the summit is easily done in the time you have (we are 50 something and spend a lot of time looking at birds). The forest is lovely and the boat trip was fun, launching from the back of a tractor into breaking surf was a laugh. If you like birds make sure you walk the estuary too, plenty of dotterells, oyster catchers, shags and terns.
    Written 6 May 2024
  • KayeY10
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everyone should go there!
    It has been on our bucket list for years to stay on Kapiti Island. Our glamping tent was special and the hospitality second to none. We loved the walks around Rangatira and also Waiorua and it was wonderful to hear again the bird song of tieke, tui, kaka, korimako, piwakawaka, kiwi pukupuku, pukeko, ruru and see takahe, shags and other seabirds. It gives one a taste of what the birdsong in NZ used to be like.
    Written 29 April 2024
  • Excursion32572918003
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour operators who helped make this a very memorable experience!
    Although the boat trips both there and back were rather rough due to strong wind, everything else was excellent. Thanks
    Written 28 April 2024
  • Navigator798215
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kapiti Island - everybody should visit this place at least once in their lives.
    The sound of bird song was what hit us first. It sounded like a recording until we realised that it continued as we walked along the paths. Pi, the guide gave us a very informative talk about the history of the island and then gave us some great recommendations about where to find birds on our walk. The number of birds was amazing. The kaka at the nectar feeding station were very cheeky. The hospitality at the lodge was second to none. Beau was an amazing host with a wealth of information and is so passionate about the island and its history. It was a privilege to speak to Charlie too about his desire to preserve his ancestry for his whanau and he helped us regain our bearings when we thought we had lost the path back to the beach! Ben was such a friendly and amazing chef. The food was so plentiful and impossible to resist. I even managed to prise his soup recipe from him to recreate at home. The accommodation was so warm and comfortable. It was lovely to be able to share this little bit of paradise with the local families even for a short time. This was our second attempt to get to the island and it was so worth the effort to get there. It should be on everybody’s bucket list to visit this remarkable place.
    Written 26 April 2024
  • Companion49838756866
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    It was an amazing experience. Highly recommended. The kapiti island tour company were great. Great food and accommodation, very knowledgeable about the islands history and wildlife. I would go again.
    Written 26 April 2024
  • Excursion17642915126
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    love the birds
    We had a fantastic trip - grandparents and children - so a great adventure for the 5 and 8 year olds. The boat trip was fun, the bird song was amazing and lots of sightings of rare birds. 5 hours on the island was enough to walk to the summit. Great example of ecosystem restoration when the pests are removed. Everyone should experience that. Seemed quite expensive for a family at first but well worth it. 100% recommended.
    Written 25 April 2024
  • ErikAnderse
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful bird life, beautiful people, beautiful island
    Amazing experience. Stayed overnight in the on suite cabin with our family of four. The bird life would come right up to our door. Amazing views from the deck. The walks were great too, with knowledgeable guides and well maintained paths. Saw all sorts of birds you can’t see elsewhere. Highly recommended
    Written 23 April 2024
  • Safari32618979274
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kapiti Island is a MUST DO
    The most perfect two days one night on Kapiti Island Glamping is the way to go Spectacular scenery,bird life,Lodge staff are amazing. The food was superb, well catered for GF or vegetarian (you won't go hungry)
    Written 22 April 2024
  • Guide00012074918
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful experience with a warm welcome!
    Such a beautiful place to relax and enjoy New Zealand at its best - peaceful and abundant in wildlife. Staying overnight at the beautiful homestead was an amazing experience. There is something sacred about being welcomed into this special, family place to be treated with warmth and generosity. Our guide, Manaaki was gifted in making people feel welcome as he shared his knowledge and understanding of the island and its inhabitants. The food was beautiful and plentiful and the dining area was conducive to sharing conversation and hospitality with others. I loved the night walk. It was magical. A different atmosphere descended as the nocturnal creatures sprang to life. Our group did not see a kiwi, but we could hear them about their business and I liked the idea that they had outwitted us. We stayed in the ensuite and had the cosiest bed ever! Having seen the lovely shared facilities and the other accommodation options, I would have been happy to stay in any of them. My only suggestion would be that the ensuite should not be described as having a self-contained kitchen as it cannot be used due to the fire risk. Nobody needs a kitchen anyway - food and drinks are always readily available at the main whare.
    Written 22 April 2024
  • GrandTour64441974911
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable night stay - wonderful birds
    Kapiti Island is a must visit! The range and scale of birdlife on the Rangatira side of the motu is among the best I think I've ever seen - particular mentions to the takahe, kaka, hihi and weka, which you're less likely to see just out and about yourself in the bush. The guided tours are great - love the mix of history and te taiao (natural world) knowledge. Special props to Tiare for building up the courage to give us a tour i Te Reo Māori. 10/10 Heading over to the Waiorua side of the island for the overnight stay was also very good, but pretty pricey, so if you're just wanting a lower key experience, think the day tour on its own would be perfectly enough to get the beauty of the place. The Rangatira side of the island has much more established bush, and better bird life overall, though the dawn chorus was a highlight of staying the night. We went kiwi searching on the night walk, which was cool, even though we didn't see any kiwi. Alyssa our guide was very enthusiastic, and we appreciated her fulsome efforts to get us to see some birdlife. On Waiorua, enjoyed the manaaki/ care of our hosts and the whakapapa connection of staying with mana whenua hosts who have had family on the island for 200 years. Manaaki would have been a bit improved with better care for dietary requirements. The food for me was excellent, but for my GF DF wife it felt very much like they'd tacked on some random additions to their usual food, which weren't really anywhere as nice. 8/10 Overall highly recommend the whole experience
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Odyssey19714262275
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the price!
    Our trip was 'third time lucky' as had been cancelled twice due to rough seas. The day we got was perfect - no wind or rain - however the more difficult Trig track (Rangiora area) was quite muddy. We did the self-guided tour and my son (very fit!) made it easily up the Trig in under 2 hours. I tried the track but had to turn back within half an hour, as otherwise it is too steep to go downhill. Enjoyed the lower Loop track and did around half the Wilkinson track to meet my son on his way down from the summit. Lots of birdsong and saw Kaka, tui, fantails, takehe, weka and saddlebacks close up.
    Written 18 April 2024
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Gae S
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Once on the Island we (18 of us) really enjoyed the day. The guide, Graham, was excellent he had a great knack of being able to tell the story of Kapiti without being boring. The talk carried on at the end of the day as well. All the tracks were explained and everyone made it back well in time to catch the ferry home.

I would have rated the experience as excellent but for the following.

My only concern was not being told a proper time to be at the check in place. My original booking was for 9.00 a.m. and I was told to be there 30 minutes before. Contact closer to the time mentioned 8.30 a.m. which I took to be the check in time. Because of this we held the boat up by at least 15 minutes. I did try and check the night before by phoning but only got a message to say they would return my call - this did not happen. I also sent an email which bounced back after sailing time the next day. (my fault I had typed the wrong email address).

Those that had been to the Island before (even when told where the check in office was) went straight to the old place, causing a further delay. Plus the check in office is not that easy to find amongst other commercial buildings.

Most of the staff were extremely understanding, one or two were not and a little rude. We did get an apology.

Don't let the above put you off going to Kapiti, it was a wonderful experience - I have only written what happened down because it is a chance for Kapiti Island Nature Tours to rectify the problem
Written 17 April 2023
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Susan B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Finally we made it to Kapiti Island. Once we arrived, the group’s guide, Hini, delivered a very interesting summary of the history of the island and ran through each bird species that lived on the island. We had paid for an hours guide out on a trail with Hini and this was well worth it as he spent time identifying different plants and trees and took us to see a pair of takahe and on to the whare. From there we set off on our own on a track to the summit. A comfortable two hour walk (we are reasonable fit) and the view was stunning in all directions from the summit. The bird feeder half way up for the hihi bird was extraordinary. The prolific bird population there was a unique and privileged sight.
Inspiring and powerful day in a place that sets a wonderful benchmark for Aotearoa.
Written 10 April 2023
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redbeard45
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Brilliant day - long wanted to explore Kapiti so thanks to two wonderful daughters buying me a ticket for Fatherʻs Day, I had the chance. Ferry Skipper filled us in clearly about the ferry trip at the start, Emma did a wonderful talk about the island, what we would see, and where to go, and the hike up to the top of the island was great. Shame it was misty at the top but thatʻs the nature of Kapiti. Bird life and bird song was amazing. Youʻll see plenty of birds just sitting around the historic house. Whole thing professionally handled and well worthwhile. Iʻll be back!
Written 27 October 2020
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Win M
Coromandel, New Zealand29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This was a truly special day. The organisation, clear directions and efficient yet friendly and knowledgeable people at all stages, made it a truly memorable day. Manaaki in particular was a gem - so fluent in every area he spoke about. He described the history, geology, flora and fauna of the island superbly. The lunch (feast!) was amazing. The genuine warmth of the Whanau made us feel so welcome. The bird life was prolific and tracks well maintained and marked. We loved it!
Written 25 September 2020
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Dave D
Cobb Island, MD231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Burned out after almost five non-stop years of work, my plan was to take a week and explore New Zealand. Alas, it was not meant to be. I carved out a single day after a meeting in Wellington, and spent it in the company of Kapiti Island Nature Tours (KINT), before evacuating to my home in the Washington DC area. KINT whisked me away from the downtown Rydges Hotel, on Saturday March 14. The weather was glorious, the Tasman Sea placid, and the chortling tourists were amusing. The orientation on the island was fabulous, conducted by a local who reportedly is in the genetic blood line of a whaler a time long gone. The briefing was amusing, informative and helpful in understanding what the NZ government has achieved in its restoration efforts. There was plenty of time to hike, I walked the entire Okupe Valley loop trail in less than 2 hours, stopping to reflect and take in the moment. Lunch was provided around 1:00, prepared at the guest house. The meal was solid: vegetables, meats, potatoes, served buffet style. I had time afterwards to hike the Boulder Bank loop track along the beach. Don't miss that in your rush to climb the hill to the lookout. Beautiful abalone shells are abundant. In sum, I enjoyed close up experiences with a spoonbill and Kaka (parrot), two moments I will savor forever. Thank you KINT, you were my taste of New Zealand - nice work.
Written 4 April 2020
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Samantha S
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
On the 5th March, my 5 year old daughter and I spent a fabulous day at the North End (Waiorua) of the island. Nga mihi to the whanau, especially to Pania, who delivered a wonderfully captivating whaikōrero after our arrival following the boat ride over. We were also excited to note that DOC had only just reopened the Boulder Bank Loop Track around the coastline that day, after it being closed for the nesting bird season (Oct to March). The big flocks of sea birds were quite a sight (and sound!), as were the sightings of bush birds. I was most thrilled to be joined on the track by a Teiki (Saddleback) for a moment or two!
Loved it...thanks team!!
Written 9 March 2021
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Brian
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Enjoyable day. Only negative comments are that for a rough boat trip in a small boat there was absolutely no safety briefing. You were handed a life jacket and that was it!
We were on the day tour with the catered lunch. The walk was fine but the lunch was not adequate for the amount that we paid for it. I would recommend just paying for the boat trip and doing a self tour. You still get a very comprehensive welcome talk which covers all the history and wildlife of the island. Then with the money you save you could take a gourmet lunch with you and still have money left over for a restaurant dinner back on dry land. Even if the weather is not the greatest there is a very good DOC shelter where you can still set up a picnic if you need to.
Written 16 February 2021
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Colgie53
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This tour was well pre-prepared by the hosts, safely managed, and the right balance of informed commentary and individual liberty. If you are fortunate enough to have Pania Bennett as your guide, then you are assured of the very best insight into the island's history and orthonological significance. The morning tour that includes lunch is well worth the cost.
Written 21 February 2020
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Jess-Travel-Aotearoa
London, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We loved our trip to Kapiti with Kapiti Island Nature Tours. We (father and two adult daughters) took the ferry-only option over to Rangatira. Despite only booking the most 'basic' of options, Kapiti Island Nature Tours provided a fantastic experience. All staff and crew were great, operated safely and observed Covid red light requirements. We were treated to an incredibly interesting and informative introduction to the island by the guide before being released to our own exploring.

The climb to the island's highest peak is a sweaty 3 hour return trip for those with reasonable fitness. The track is through beautiful lush native bush with amazing bird life. Take your togs for a swim once you're at the bottom again waiting for the ferry.
Written 3 February 2022
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Des J
Hamilton, New Zealand48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We travelled across from Paraparaumu and climbed to the summit in pouring rain but the sun came out in the afternoon. Our guide Graeme was a great source of knowledge about the history of the island as well as the birds and trees. The bird life is amazing. The staff were extremely helpful in locating and returning my cellphone that was left on the boat on our return - thanks heaps.
Written 2 December 2020
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