There are two main areas to explore on the Island:
- Rangatira area: Walk through forest to view birds, remnants of the island's whaling history and the historic whare from 1860, the oldest building associated with nature conservation in New Zealand. Or climb the track to Tuteremoana, the highest point on Kapiti Island (521m above sea level) for incredible views to the South Island and Mount Taranaki.
- 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 with possible sightings of the majestic kōtuku-ngutupapa (royal spoonbill).
In summer, bring togs and a snorkel for a refreshing swim off the beach before your return trip to the mainland.