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Kapiti Island

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Excellent birdwatching and a friendly welcome

This was an excellent overnight trip. Several people saw a Kiwi and I saw my first penguin in the wild, plodding back to his/her burrow, and distinctly confused by the attention... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Nancy R
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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English first
Newcastle, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an excellent overnight trip. Several people saw a Kiwi and I saw my first penguin in the wild, plodding back to his/her burrow, and distinctly confused by the attention from the group of humans! There's loads of New Zealand's birds everywhere, including flightless ones. The Tuis and bellbirds chatter constantly during the day, and the Kiwis call a... More 

Thank Nancy R
John B, Owner at Kapiti Island, responded to this review

Hi Nancy, Sorry I didn't get to meet you when you visited the Island-and happy that most aspects of your visit met your expectations. I will investigate the issue around not responding to non-nz phones for call or txt- I can't see any reason why we shouldn't do this. Thanks for raising the point. regards More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A guided tour of this paradigm of conservation excellence, boat transfers included. Absolutely magnificent. We saw 5 species of birds, now extinct everywhere else, which we had never seen before. So uplifting and exciting. Boat transfer system worked really well and the guide (Robert) could not have been better. Wonderful value for money. This is a critically endangered parrot, the... More 

Thank Neil B
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

What a delightful and unexpected piece of New Zealand paradise, saturated with native birds and genuinely shared by islands wonderful caretakers.

Thank taniabarnia
Melbourne, Australia
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127 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We visited Kapiti Island with Kapiti Marine Charter, landing at Rangitira Point. It's pretty much an all day visit, starting at about 8.15am and ending around 3.00pm, leaving from Paraparaumu beach. The boat trip over to the island is an experience in itself, as the boat is launched from the beach by a tractor. When you get to the island... More 

1 Thank Travelbugsbitten
Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Kapiti Island is a beautiful island bird sanctuary just a short boat ride from Paraparaumu on the mainland. There are trips for one day or overnight stays. Bring your camera, walking shoes and warm jacket. There are tracks and coastline to walk to see birds and marine life among the indigenous vegetation.

2 Thank robynann2014
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Beautiful place, very special. We were very well looked after by the staff during our stay including staying overnight on the Island. An unforgettable experience!

Thank 576DeniseD
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75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We booked a 2 day one night stay on island with kapiti island nature tours our first booking was cancelled due to rough seas so we rebooked it a few days later. We had a nature walk booked on South which helped us identify local birds and trees there is plenty of walking on South to fill your day. We... More 

Thank rhianslip
Oakham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went to kapiti Island recently with Kapiti Island Nature Tours and stayed overnight at the Lodge on the North end of the island. It was an experience of a lifetime for my bird watching husband! We enjoyed an excellent guided tour round part of the South end of the island, which helped us start to identify some of the... More 

1 Thank Jane E
Amberley, New Zealand
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126 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If bird-watching is one of your interests you will love Kapiti Island and appreciate all the work that has gone into making it predator-free. There are a few companies approved by the Dept. of Conservation for taking tours to the Island. We went for a day trip to Rangatira Point with Ngati Toa Kapiti Tours. Costs were $75 for the... More 

1 Thank WorldWideKiwi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I had the pleasure of taking my family to Kapiti Island between Christmas and New Year. It was a great experience. Jenny and her team at the Kapiti Explorer did a great job and the skipper of the boat made us feel really safe. My daughter is five and doesn’t swim. The Island itself was awesome and we managed to... More 

1 Thank James5032

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