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.
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