We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kapiti Island

New Zealand
Update attraction details
Ranked #227 of 878 attractions in North Island
Type: Islands
Activities: Birdwatching
24 visitor photos
Write a Review

21 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Plymouth, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I went on the day trip to Kapiti Island yesterday and it has been the highlight of my holiday so far! If you like being outside in the elements and seeing lots of bird life then definitely make this trip. We got onto the boat and had a great little crossing over to the island, as it is out of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

a group of us shared a fantastic overnight on Kapiti Island after a bit of a tramp up to the lookout point. The scenery is unblemished, the food is excellent and plentiful, the birds are everywhere, the water is crystal clear, the welcome and hospitality is just as it should be....wholehearted and genuine. The briefings we received about the island,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was a valentines day gift. We booked a day late in Feb and had a great day. Used Kapiti Charters for the ferry.. it was a very noise boat, but it only takes 10 mins. Heaps of birds to see, and you get quite close to them. Lots of plants too. Even saw a seal ! The walk to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

How can anyone not give this 5 stars. What an amazing experience. I went for the overnight kiwi tour. Looking out from the ferry trip over it looks like you are approaching jurassic park. The tour started with a morning in the middle of the island to climb to the top. This is quite strenuous, but if relatively fit it... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Levin, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

A little ferry takes you across to the island from Paraparaumu Beach. You are greeted onto the island by Amo - a charming, welcoming Maori lady, whose family own this part of the island. It is her family who run the Nature Tours. She runs a 'Lodge' where you are welcome to have lunch or a cup of tea. Very... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Basic accomodation but the people are very friendly without being overbearing, the ideal combination: You feel welcome and you are given your own space. The food is very good. The tours are excellent, the guides really know their island and the birds it is very interesting. The island is a gem. A must if you can do it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We had a fantastic day trip to Kapiti Island with Ngati Toa Kapiti Tours. I'm still not sure what the difference is between the three operators but we give these guys our highest recommendation. Very professional and fast good boat to get across. We opted for the tour guide and it was a great decision. We learned not only about... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

If you like peace beauty birds and amazing nature this is the place for you the north end is alittle easier and has a lovely lodge there Kapiti Island Nature Tours lovely food and people a true kiwi experience

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cambridge, New Zealand
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
146 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

This is an amazing place. It is another pest free bird sanctuary. Every New zealandet and visitor to New Zealand should visit it. To see our native birds wandering free and in their natural habitat is important. You will never forget this experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Wellington, New Zealand
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We travelled to Kapiti Island with 3 adults and 2 children, aged 4 and 6 years (both usually good walkers). Overall, we enjoyed it - beautiful setting, wonderful bush, easy 15 minute ferry ride across (complete with cool tractor pulling you to the beach) and lots and lots of birds (we saw various examples of weka, kaka, tui, saddleback, hihi,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
John B, Owner at Kapiti Island, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback and comments.- It's important to note that the DOC process and involvement in visits to Kapiti Island has changed, from 1 January 2013. Basically, prospective visitors now have to visit the website of the 3 DOC licensed tour operators to get information about the various options and offerings available via each of the operators(we are one... More

Travelers who viewed Kapiti Island also viewed

North Island, New Zealand
Taumarunui, North Island

Been to Kapiti Island? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Kapiti Island, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing