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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
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
Write a ReviewReviews (21)

1 - 5 of 21 reviews

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Amazing day out on Kapiti Island

What a perfect day! The weather was sunny and the sea was calm so we were off to a good start. The owner was extremely friendly and knowledgeable as was our guide when we arrived at the island. An idyllic day was spent climbing up...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 5 June 2018
Excellent Experience

My son got off the boat, turned around and told me that was an excellent experience, so the mission was well and truly achieved. We were well looked after - very relaxed and friendly but everything looked after. Kapiti Island did not disappoint. Standing just...More

Thank murrayrobertson79
Reviewed 26 May 2018
Fantastic experience

The crew were fantastic, kept in touch in the lead up and it was so cool that the way they spoke about the island and being excited to take us there. The day was perfect. A great introduction on the island giving us the history...More

Thank TuckFoot
KapitiIslandEco, Owner at Kapiti Island Eco Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Love it that you had the best day we try so hard to make it a awesome experience we can't control the weather or birds but we can control what we do and how we interact with everyone that travels with us. It really is...More

Reviewed 25 May 2018
Bucket List

Great interaction between guide and tourists. Nice soft tone and manner. Areas of improvement - correct pronunciation of Māori words is a must - especially if there are people from that land listening.More

Thank Luke R
KapitiIslandEco, Owner at Kapiti Island Eco Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thanks for your review Luke I am the first to admit that I have to work very hard to get the correct pronunciation of some of the harder Maori words right you should of heard me a year ago I was terrible! LOL. But you...More

Reviewed 23 May 2018
Weil presented and awesome opportunity.

I thought this was an awesome opportunity to bond within our Central Pho Te ara Rau Team, and Kapiti Island is a unique part of the world that that is preserving our culture and environment and many native birds. Our guides were excellent hosts..More

Thank iniastretch
KapitiIslandEco, Owner at Kapiti Island Eco Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thank you so much for traveling with us to the island it was a pleasure to help the central Pho Te ara Rau Team come to the island and be able to reflect and grow in such an amazing environment. You have an amazing talent...More

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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.