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This is an eco experience like no other. Travel to the stunningly beautiful Kapiti Island and walk the tracks at Rangatira, picnic on the beach, swim in the bay or just sit in the solitude surrounded by rare and endangered birds, flora and fauna.
Kapiti Island is an island bird sanctuary and one of New Zealand’s oldest and most accessible nature reserve. It is home to a number of native birds, including takahe, North Island kokako, brown teal, stitchbird (hihi), North Island saddleback (tieke), tomtit (miromiro), fantail (piwakawaka), morepork (ruru), weka and North Island robin (toutouwai).
On this Kapiti Island day trip, you will meet your guide in the morning at Paraparaumu Beach and travel by boat for 20 minutes across the Rauoterangi Channel to Kapiti Island.
Here, your guide will give you a short introduction to the island including stories of local Maori history and the Ngati Toa people. From there, the island is yours! You can wander the tracks, spot the birds, walk in absolute serenity, swim in the bay, hear from your guide or just or just sit in solitude. Whales can also often be spotted off the island during their migration. This is a great way to spend your day exploring this incredible nature reserve.
This experience is part of the Responsible range for its continuing efforts in conservation alongside the Department Of Conservation in restoration, planting of native bush on the mainland, beach clean ups and education programs.
There is a maximum of 100 customers per day. No minimum number is required to book.
The trip is subject to weather and sea conditions. Trips do go ahead in light rain as the island is stunning in the mist and rain. If sea conditions are too rough or for forecast of heavy rain, your experience will be cancelled.
Good walking shoes are required. It is recommended you take sun hats in summer and a jacket in spring, and swimming togs and a towel for that important dip in the ocean.
This is a seasonal experience operating from 1 September to 30 May. Available over the winter season for group bookings of more than 15.
This experience takes place on Kapiti Island, departing from Paraparaumu Beach.
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