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Kapiti Island Visit and Guided Kayaking Tour - Half Day

Kapiti Island, departing Paraparaumu - Show on map
Kapiti Island Eco Experience
For 1 person
1/2 day
$160 each
1 Adult
$160 each

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  • Explore the internationally renowned bird sanctuary that is Kapiti Island
  • Guided kayaking tour along the stunning bays and inlets
  • Wander the island, swim in the bay or relax on the beach

Listen to the songs of the native birds and marvel at the lush green forests as you explore the bays and inlets of Kapiti Island by kayak. Return to land and take the time to wander around the Island's walking trails, swim in the bay or simply relax on the beach in complete solitude.

What's Included?

  • Travel by boat to and from Kapiti Island
  • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • 2.5 hour kayaking tour in the Kapiti Marine Reserve
  • Two hours on Kapiti Island
  • Safety equipment
  • All permits, taxes and levies

Departing from Paraparaumu, you will travel by boat on the "Kiwi Express" to the renowned Kapiti Island. The Island is one of New Zealand's oldest and most treasured nature reserves, home to a number of endangered bird species. Upon arrival, your experienced guide will run through a safety briefing and a quick introduction on how to manoeuvre the kayak. After the session, jump aboard and begin exploring the stunning bays and inlets of the Island, marvelling at the lush forests and pristine waters. Make sure to glide close by the shore as you'll be able to hear the songs of many native birds playing about in their untouched homes. Your guide will tailor your paddling experience to best suit the weather and sea conditions of the day. You will either paddle north and around to the Cathederal Cove and the seal colony or south to the southern islands and past Wharekohu Bay.

After a couple hours on the water, paddle back to shore and spend some time uncovering the unparalleled beauty of the Island. Walk the many low tracks found throughout, have a swim in the bay or simply relax on the beach and truly immerse yourself in nature. This amazing tour allows you to experience nature at its finest - wild and filled with bird song.

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.

Session Length

  • This experience is approximately six hours in duration
  • Available seven days a week departing at 8:20am
  • PLEASE NOTE: This experience is not available until January 2020


Subject to weather and sea conditions - Kapiti Island Sea Kayaks are a safety first business and will not paddle in weather and sea conditions that are not suited to a safe enjoyable experience.


  • Persons under 16 years must paddle in a double kayak with an adult of 18 years
  • This experience is not recommended for children under 12 years
  • PLEASE NOTE: This experience is not available until January 2020


  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

This experience runs with a minimum of three and a maximum of eight participants.


You will be kayaking around Kapiti Island in the Kapiti Marine Reserve. If you have members who do not wish to paddle they can walk the tracks on Kapiti Island in the nature reserve.


This experience is subject to sea and weather conditions. Tours will go ahead in light rain however if sea conditions are too rough or if heavy rain is forecasted, your experience will be cancelled. As sea conditions are variable, late notice may be given.

Dress Code

It is recommended to bring along a towel and a change of clothes for after your sea kayaking experience. Warm under layers such as ploy props, a light jacket, a beanie, a hat and reef shoes are advised.

This experience takes place on Kapiti island, departing Paraparaumu.

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