Although Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand’s most accessible wildlife and marine reserves, the island is strictly protected, allowing only fifty visitors access per day.
This full-day tour allows visitors to join that elite number, taking them to an island where the local bird population represents a huge number of New Zealand’s unique and indigenous species.
Extremely popular for birdwatchers, some of the birds that can be viewed are bellbirds, takahe, saddlebacks, parakeets, moreports, weka and even a small number of little spotted kiwi (although these are rarely seen).
On arrival in this wilderness sanctuary, guests will have a 30-minute introductory talk and guided bush walk. Rare and endangered birds can be heard throughout the island, while your Maori guides will provide a unique historical and cultural interpretation of the area.
Once complete, there will be time for independent walking, snorkelling and sea kayaking in the Marine Reserve (equipment hire at an additional charge). Please note that as the numbers to Kapiti Island are strictly limited, visitor permits must be requested well in advance and so early booking is essential.
Return transfers from Wellington are included.
Duration: 6 hours
Price: from £245 per person
Departures: 09.00 or 09.30 (October to April). May-Sep Ferries operate subject to weather
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