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Overnight Kiwi Spotting Tour on Kapiti Island

From USD 239.85
Highlights
  • A range of bushwalks are available for a range of fitness levels
  • Choose from en suites, cabins and luxury tents for your overnight accommodation
  • Learn about the history of the land from your guide and a local Māori family
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Overnight Kiwi Spotting Tour on Kapiti Island
From USD 239.85
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Overview
Just off the Kapiti Coast is Kapiti Island, a bird and nature sanctuary free of predators and pests. This overnight experience offers the one-of-a-kind opportunity to stay overnight on the otherwise uninhabited island. Try one of the island’s many walking tracks and spot native birds in the canopy. Later, enjoy a chef-prepared meal in your luxury accommodation and then head out with your guide to look for New Zealand’s endangered, nocturnal national icon - the kiwi.
What to Expect
Your ferry departs daily from Paraparaumu Beach, roughly 1-hour drive north of Wellington City. You can choose to board the ferry at 9am, and return at the same time the next day.

On arrival you will be greeted by your experienced nature guide who will tell you stories of Kapiti Island's incredibly rich human and conservation history - from heroic Maori warriors to some of the world’s first dedicated conservationists.

Walking paths on Kapiti Island are well marked, and vary in difficulty from easy 1-hour flat walks to more demanding 3-4-hour hill climbs to stunning views. Wherever you choose to walk you'll be surrounded by a huge range of endemic New Zealand bird life.

Meals and accommodation are based at the Lodge - an intimate experience with a small number of guests. The chef selects local wine, beer, and produce to create an unforgettable dining experience (all included in price).

After dinner you embark on a night walk through grassland and bush, led by an experienced Kiwi spotting guide, to try and spot a wild Kiwi bird in its natural habitat. This is one of the most successful, easy, and enjoyable Kiwi spotting experiences in the world. Under a night sky undimmed by light pollution you can enjoy the sights and sounds of wild New Zealand by night.
Reviews (45)
1 - 5 of 45 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wow

We checked in and were transported to the Island. Minaki greeted us with an informative overveiw of the islands conservation and occupation history and pointed out the best spots to see birdlife. In the evening we were treated to drinks and nibbles on the deck...More

Thank Explore813375
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
A memorable experience

We stayed on the island for two nights but wished we could have stayed for a week. The very friendly helpful staff and beautiful meals were a wonderful addition to our amazing experience with the large variety of NZ native birds. We walked around the...More

Thank Nancy R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best thing to do in NZ

I could not recommend this trip more. If you are looking for an authentic NZ experience, this is it. The trip was so well organised and we felt very privileged to have been able to stay at the homestay. The whanau were so welcoming and...More

1  Thank Kirby D
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Kirby, Thanks so much for your review! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Great recommendation on bringing togs - although the water can be a little chilly, the marine life is plentiful. Nga mihi, Danielle

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Three days in paradise

We chose a two night Kiwi Spotting experience. From the moment we left Pararaparaumu Beach we felt like we were transported to another country - one where life revolves around birds. They were everywhere, and we were lucky to see many we had never seen...More

Thank Angela T
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Angela, Thanks for your review! We think Kapiti Island is a pretty special place & it's a privilege to be able to manaaki (host) manuhiri (visitors) here. I will pass on your lovely feedback to the crew you've mentioned. Nga mihi nui, Danielle

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing Experience

The nature walk was beautiful and the track was very well maintained. Our hosts provided excellent hospitality, the food was amazing and the accommodation was wonderful. It was amazing to walk among the birds in their natural habitat and learn more about the history of...More

Thank Dream815265
DanielleBarrett, Public Relations Manager at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Jaclyn, Thanks for your review. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your time on the island. We're pretty fortunate to have had our whanau (family) on the island for the last 200 years and it's a pleasure being able to share this place...More

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