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Day Trips to Kapiti Island - Tour Natures Paradise

Visit Kapiti Island's internationally renowned New Zealand nature reserve and bird sanctuary. Discover some of the world's rarest birds. New Zealand bird watching paradise.
Kapiti Island
Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is just five kilometres from the mainland yet it has a unique and fascinating flora and fauna. Experience how New Zealand must have been over 100 years ago. En route to Kapiti Island you pass through the Kapiti Marine Reserve and you may perhaps see passing whales and dolphins (only in season). Many birds can be seen too, such as gulls, gannets, penguins, terns and shearwaters.

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Kapiti Island Nature Reserve

Kapiti Island was made a fauna and flora reserve in 1897. On arrival at Rangatira Point at the Department of Conservation Shelter, your guide will tell you more about the history of the island and how to reach the summit (521 metres). Your guide will explain what you will likely see along the walking tracks that lead to the summit and the track around the coastline. Walk details are also provided on the DOC information boards. Most birds and the impressive forest are to be found below the 200 metre level. You can tour Kapiti Island and watch the birds at your own pace or just relax for a wonderful day.

Picture courtesy Peter Daniel

To book the ferry and permit, phone (04) 297 2585 or 0274 424 850 or book using the Free phone 0800 433 779 (0800 4 FERRY)
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Kapiti Island Ferry and Permits

Schedule *Daily Times
Depart Paraparaumu Beach 9:00 am or 9:30 am
Depart Kapiti Island between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

*Alternate times for groups by arrangement


*Passengers must phone 04 297 2585 on the morning of their trip for a weather check and to confirm the departure time.


Kapiti Marine Charter offer:

  • professional operation by friendly staff
  • well presented, clean, and stable vessel
  • excellent safety record - 27 years without incident
  • life jackets are available for everyone - babies through to XXXL
  • first aid kit available on the ferry and on the island
  • staff trained in administering first aid
  • staff willing to assist those with special needs

*Prices Per Person

(Includes Doc Permit Access Fee and Ferry)

Adult $95.00


**Schools (Primary & Secondry) $40.00
University $85.00
Guided Walks (1hr) $20 per person


* Payment to be made on the day, by either cash or cheque.

**Schools need to contact Dept of Conservation on 04 4708409

Join with these famous people who have visited Kapiti Island with Kapiti Marine Charter:

  • The American Ambassador
  • The Second Secretary of State for America
  • Staff from most Embassies in Wellington
  • The Japanese Princess
  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Prime Ministers
  • International film crews
  • And thousands of happy and satisfied travellers.

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