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“Day trip - great experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island
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Kapiti Island Tour Including Car Museum by Helicopter and Train from Wellington
Ranked #628 of 1,719 things to do in North Island
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Day trip - great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

Visited as a family - grandparents, parents and children aged 5 and 8. Went for the day only, access is by boat ride from Paraparaumu Beach, a 15 minute boat ride. The boat left at 9am and returned at 3pm. You have to take your own food and drink, and take all rubbish away with you. The boat will not go if the sea conditions or weather are bad. They take their 'pest-free' status very seriously and our bags were checked before going to make sure we had no pests hitching a free ride. There are 2 landing places - the north end where it is possible to arrange accommodation, and another further south along the coast - where we left the boat. Our guide was very informative and on landing we were given a talk about the island, it's history, and the birds we were likely to come into contact with. There is a track to the top of the island, well maintained and a reasonably easy gradient - it zigzags up the hillside, with steps in steeper places. As we were walking fairly slowly with frequent stops we didn't quite get to the top before we turned back.
I was disappointed not to see the takahe - at this time of year they leave the flat ground by the beach and retreat to a high valley, so if you want to especially see them go in summer. We did see lots of other birds, notably the robins, kaka ( very nosy - and will sit on you if they get the chance)and wood pigeons.
There are toilet facilities down near the landing place - kept very clean, but the grandchildren were dismayed to find they were the "long drop" type!
Overall a great experience and I would like to return in summer.

Visited April 2012
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Gouda, The Netherlands
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“We finally did see the kiwi!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

My sister and I booked this trip in Holland. With the ferry to a very nice accomodation. We first went to the Okupe Loop, where we had a lovely view over the northern part of the Island. We had dinner with the family and the cook was great! We saw the rare Takahe and at night we spotted the kiwi - a great experience! We can recommend this trip, although it is quiet expensive.

Visited January 2012
2 Thank Anja R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

A trip back in time to the days before man took over; when birds stay on the ground and treat humans as one of their own kind. The views from the top show why Te Rauparaha dominated the top of the south island as well as much of Wellington and the Kapiti Coast. And the spirit of the island is omniprescent.

Visited March 2011
1 Thank WellingtonAthena
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“Expensive overnight nature experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2010

Staying at the lodge wea a unique experience. Ferry ride to/from. Wonderful food with family. Very basic bunkbeds with central shower/toilet. The nightwalk to see kiwi was great. The daytime hiking is adequate. Wonderfully quiet. Pricey, but special.

5 Thank Metwo3
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