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“Great Experience”

Kapiti Island Nature Tours
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Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Paraparaumu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand's most visited places for bird watchers. It is an internationally renowned sanctuary and is blessed with an abundance of native and endangered species like Little Spotted Kiwi, Takahe, and the cheeky Kaka who have not survived so well on the mainland. This nature-inspired setting is the perfect place to experience New Zealand's native birds in their natural environment.Kapiti Island is just 40 minutes north of Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Activities include half and full day nature tours, overnight Kiwi spotting and rare bird tours. The Maori hospitality you will experience on Kapiti Island - one of New Zealand's most precious nature reserves - is unsurpassed.
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

If your into birds and prepared to do a some hiking this is a great experience. We went over on the early boat (9.00am) and were dropped of at the Rangatira Flats area. After an orientation briefing we hiked up the trig track through mature native bush, stopping often to see a wide variety of bird life. Quite a steep hike but well worth it (about 1.5 hours to the summit). Came back down and were picked up by the boat and taken to North end where the lodge is located. Stayed overnight (had the cabin with in-suite facilities) which was very comfortable (only electricity is when the generators are on). Our host were fantastic - friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The meals including drinks and nibbles hit the spot. Great night walk Kiwi spotting. Did the northern walk next morning through less developed bush but with great views back over the lagoon. Caught the afternoon back to the mainland. Managed to see virtually all the birds (over 27 different breeds) that we wanted to see. We were lucky in that we had great weather the whole trip. Always a little bit of an unknown with the weather or lack of patrons preventing the ferry service from running but with a little flexibility this is not an issue. Highly recommend this for couple and families.

Visited November 2012
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