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5-Hour Rangatira Kapiti Island Eco Experience

  • Enjoy a refreshing detour on your drive between Wellington and the central North Island
  • With some luck, you’ll even meet a Kereru - this pigeon is a local favourite for its size and personality
  • Launch from the beach and quickly traverse the Rauoterangi Channel on a powerful, purpose-built jet boat
5-Hour Rangatira Kapiti Island Eco Experience
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5-Hour Rangatira Kapiti Island Eco Experience
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An island sanctuary without introduced predators, Kapiti Island is a nesting place for some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife; the Little Spotted Kiwi, Kokako and Stichbird have all been re-introduced to the reserve. This tour is the simplest way to visit the island; aside from transport, visitors need a permit to visit the island. Your guide arranges your permit, so you can brush up on your New Zealand bird knowledge instead.
What to Expect
Your are few click away from booking an experience of a life time to one of New Zealand's conversation jewels; Kapiti Island. (No permit required we take care of that for you)

Soak up the beauty, hear the stories of the Ngati Toa Maori people, spot whales (in season) sea birds, rare and endangered native birds in their natural environment free of predators such as rats, stoats and possums.  Spot your favorites , Tui, Kereru the fat chicken, Mr Weka, critically endangered Takahae, Hihi commonly called the stich bird, NZ Falcon,  the saddle back scratching around on the ground, that's just to name a few, oh don't forget the fantail. 

Feel like you have like you have been taken back in time as you walk through stunning native bush spotting rare native birds found no where else in the world.  You will see birds which are on the brink of extinction.

Ko te Waewae Kapiti o Tara Raua ko Rangitane , "Kapiti Island" (Translated this means boundaries between the Ngai Tara and Rangitane tribal lands)

Ancestral home of Nagti Toa Rangitira, Tangata Whenua and Kiatiaki of this beautiful land. 

Sit on the beach in peace and admire the rugged coastline or swim in the Kapiti Marine reserve, picnic on the lawn or down by the bay.  

The choice is yours!

What you get
  • Meet your guide at the Kapiti boat club for your introduction and bio security clearance
  • Board our purpose built 10.5 meter, 400 horse jet boat and ride across Rauoterangi channel to Kapiti island ( 6 nautical miles) which takes about 20 minutes
  • Launching is an experience in itself with the tractor backing you into the ocean. (100% safety record over 23 years)
  • Land at Rangitira point and you are there "paradise" feel like you have stepped back in time
  • 20 minute presentation at the Department of Conservation center on the island
  • Take one our our one hour guided walks with experienced guide or explore yourself (Booking essential guided walk limited to 10 per trip)
  • Enjoy full cell phone coverage on most of the island selfie and post on face book , trip advisor .....
  • Return to Kapiti
What to bring

  • Lunch in a sealed container - No open or loose food please(Mr Kaka and his mate the cheeky Weka tend to steal your food !)
  • Walking shoes or walking sandals
  • Camera and phone for the best selfies and capturing those moments
  • If you intend on swimming in the bay bring your towel or book some snorkel gear from us as an extra
  • Water bottle
  • Kapiti Island Eco believes in sustainability and protecting our Eco systems we strongly encourage that guests do not bring single use plastic onto the island
Reviews (53)
1 - 5 of 53 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago
An Ecologist's Dream!

My husband and I had a fabulous day on Kapiti Island with the guys from Kapiti Island Eco Experience and I can't recommend them highly enough. From Coops, who rushed home and got us some of his own refillable water bottles (we had left ours...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sue B
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful visit

This really is an excellent day. We paid the extra $20 for the guided tour which I highly recommend. The guide (who own the company) was very knowledgable & amusing. The birdlife is wonderful, & the walk to the top is worth every step for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Stormbound
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I caught the 8.30am boat across to Kapiti Island. Coop, John and Brenda were fantastic from the get go. Very friendly, knowledgeable and made sure we all had a great time. We did the Wilkinson track up to the summit and what...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nethmi V
Reviewed 1 week ago
Newfound love for Wekas

We had good sailing in the morning, the trip back the wind picked up, so if you're prone to motion sickness I'd suggest a bit of mental preparation and a couple of sea-legs as it's a pretty open stretch of water & it can get...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank E1Y5E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very special day

Thanks to Coops we had a great day. Even though it rained, we loved the experience. Amazing bird life and even heard two kiwi calls!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MartinSchot
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4 July 2018|
Response from Sue B | Reviewed this property |
It may be tight. The trip leaves Paraparsumu beach at 8am and returns at about 2.30pm to 3pm. Then allow an hour to get to interIslander terminal.