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Take a day trip and be inspired by the remnant native forest and unique wildlife on renowned bird sanctuary, Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, just an hour north of Wellington.
Kapiti 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:
Kapiti Island is a popular destination all year round, and particularly in summer. Bookings need to be made in advance.
To visit Kapiti 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 Kapiti Island Nature Reserve.
School groups on educational visits are eligible for discounts. Please ask your chosen tourism provider for more information.