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Kapiti Island Nature Tours

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Kapiti Island, 5542 New Zealand
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Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand's most visited places for bird watchers. It is blessed with an abundance of native and endangered species like Little Spotted Kiwi, Takahe, and the cheeky Kaka who have not survived so well on the mainland. This nature-inspired setting is the perfect place to experience New Zealand's native birds in their natural environment. Stay overnight and experience a night guided walk to see Kiwi and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Maori whanau (family) who live on the Island. Kapiti Island is just 40 minutes north of Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Accommodation options include a unique Canopy Camping luxury tent and en suite nature cabins.
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Alipa50 wrote a review Mar 2021
Wellington, New Zealand1524 contributions209 helpful votes
We enjoyed our our night glamping experience. Sleeping in the tent was a special experience.We even saw a kiwi at 11pm nearby to our tent. In the early morning we had numerous bird visitors making lovely photo opportunities. The hospitality and food was excellent. The main reason for visiting was the walking tracks and these were well maintained with clear signage and so many different vistas. You are paying for a high quality two day experience!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Robin T wrote a review Feb 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand57 contributions17 helpful votes
We travelled from Wellington to Kapiti and were taken by boat to the South end of Kapiti Island in the morning. After a nature talk and description of the flora, fauna and Island history we chose our own walks and tracks and saw an amazing array of bird life sadly lacking on mainland NZ. In the afternoon we travelled to the North end where we stayed overnight in outdoor cabins and after an sumptuous meal including drinks, we went out in the dark on a kiwi spotting walk. We were luck enough to see a little spotted kiwi in it's natural habitat which was a highlight. Breakfast and lunch the next day were of the same high standard and it was also great to see the birdlife outside the window behaving naturally and unafraid. Congratulations to all the tour operators, the boat trips were well managed, the nature talks and especially the informative talks on the Islands' Maori history made it all come alive. The chef did an excellent job of every meal and no-one certainly went hungry as even between meals snacks and fruit were always available and the Manager was always on hand to ensure everything ran smoothly. A must do trip for all New Zealanders
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Pru-from-Dunedin wrote a review Jan 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand27 contributions17 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to spend a night n Kapiti Island with this fantastic Family business. I had always wanted to visit Kapiti Island since a child, looking at it over the 11km stretch of sea every day. This tour was superb. After a biosecurity check for pests in our luggage, we boarded a sturdy boat ON LAND!! and were towed into the water by a huge tractor - didn't even get our feet wet! a 15 zoom across the sea took us to Rangatira Bay where our capable and knowledgeable guide Graham gave us a comprehensive talk about the history, birdlife and pants of the island. I opted for a guided tour and was delighted to learn about the plants of the island, the Maori history and the reptiles and birdlife. Graham heled me learn the calls of birds I would see later on my trek to the island top as well as plant and reptile identification. My partner and I were the only ones who opted for the tour which was great for us, but sad for all those NZers who missed out on this wonderful opportunity to learn so much. The walk to the top was worthwhile, though a misty day so views were limited. Midafternoon had us reboard the boat to be taken to the northern end of the isalnd for an overnight "glamping" with the Barrett family. An idyllic setting, our glamper "tent", more like a canvas bedroom!! was in the g=heart of regenrated bush, wright on a kiwi "patrol" route. This meant the night was noisy, but we were full of wonder as weka and kiwi strolled right on by! Kaka, Kereru, Tieke (saddle backs) , Korora ( little blue penguins) Tui, Kopere ( bell birds), fantail were riotously abundant, sitting but a meter from us with no fear. A fabulous evening meal follwed predinner drinks and nibbles, all cook on a firewood fed oven. Pania our host for the weekend, was an inspirational human being. A young mum and sportswoman, she is passionate about her land, her tupuna ( ancestors) and taonga ( natural treasures) and she shared this passion willingness always on hand to answer little questions or explain the big picture view. If you are a New Zealander and you can afford this experience GO THERE! Swims in the bay, hot showers, bottomless cups of coffee, fruit, baking, even kayaks and hot tubs! All there for your enjoyment. I was to busy off to find more birds at the rugged north coast end of the island and was able to see Black Backed gull chicks, torea pango as well as multiple species of birds at he inland lagoon. I have rarely stayed in motels and hotels in my time. I am not the type of person to go on a guided tour, preferring to throw on a pair of boots, grab a backpack and head to the hills or coast. So this was a Post Covid extravagance for me, with availability due to lower visitor numbers in Aotearoa NZ. I can not recommended this adventure more highly. A wonderful treat. An opportunity to share our taonga in partnership with manawhenua. To the Barret family. Thank you.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Muzzamuzzamuzza wrote a review Oct 2020
Wellington, New Zealand72 contributions59 helpful votes
We stayed overnight at the lodge in one of the the tents. It was at the back of the property overlooking native bush and near wetlands in a very private location away from the other tents and cabins. The tent was well-equipped with plenty of blankets and solar-powered lights. The bed and sheets were amazingly comfortable (although it helps that we did several hours of walking up steep tracks earlier in the day). Although the evening was cool, we didn't need the extra blankets. The tent had its own composting loo a few metres away. We brought a torch to find our way, which was handy. It was a joy in the morning to hear the birds singing and to be able to lie in bed and watch birds flying in the bush and around the hills. There are two shared showers for all the guests - you have to wash quickly as there is only so much hot water to go around. The meals were great, and a pre-dinner wine / beer / juice was provided. We learnt a lot from our hosts about Kapiti Island. We also met the kuia who set up this family business 25 years ago.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Marjo v wrote a review Mar 2020
The Netherlands151 contributions64 helpful votes
With a short boat ride, a limited number of vistors is allowed to enter the Kapiti Island’s nature reserve. Make sure to also book a short guided walk: you will be informed where to find the birds and you will enjoy the stay so much more. After the guided tour, you can explore the reserve on your own leisure; you can climb to the top and enjoy the view for there; or stay a bit lower between the trees and avoid the kaka’s eating picnic.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kapiti Island Nature Tours
Which popular attractions are close to Kapiti Island Nature Tours?
Nearby attractions include Paraparaumu Beach (7.7 km), Maclean Park Playground (7.7 km), and Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve (6.7 km).
What are some restaurants close to Kapiti Island Nature Tours?
Conveniently located restaurants include 50-50, Star of India Authentic Indian Takeaway, and Ambience Cafe.