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Kāpiti Island is host to one of the largest accessible island bird sanctuaries in New Zealand, set in one of the nation’s most valuable nature reserves.

Take a day trip, and be inspired by the remnant native forest and unique wildlife on the island or combine it with genuine Maori hospitality, story telling, and overnight accommodation at the Kapiti Island Nature Lodge.

There are two main areas to explore on the Island:

  • Rangatira area: Walk through forest to view birds and the historic whare, the oldest building associated with nature conservation in New Zealand. Or climb the track to Tuteremoana, the highest point on Kāpiti Island at 521 m above sea level.
  • North End: Walking tracks at the northern end of the island pass through grassland, shrubland, regenerating forest and coastline, and provide fantastic views of freshwater Okupe Lagoon.

Kāpiti Island is a popular destination all year round, and particularly in summer. Bookings need to be made in advance. 

Getting there:

To visit Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve, you will need transport and a permit which can only be booked through one of the following approved tourism providers:

Please note: private boats may not land at Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve.

School groups

School groups on educational visits are eligible for discounts. Please ask your chosen tourism provider for more information.