Kapiti Island Nature Reserve rings with bird song as you step ashore. This special experience is for a limited number of visitors who are allowed to visit the island each day. Permitted access is only by licensed launch.
Indulge your senses with our exclusive visit to one of New Zealand’s jewels - the internationally renowned, predator-free Kapiti Island.
Be part of this exclusive experience in this beautiful part of the country that ‘flies under the radar’ for so many. You’ll experience the best of the Kapiti Coast. Three nights in Kapiti will make it a weekend not to forget, to relax and rejuvenate. Numbers will be limited.
Join the Northern Explorer train for the rail journey through the lush rolling hills of the Waikato and King Country, before arriving on the Kapiti Coast at Paraparaumu. Transfer to the central Kapiti Coast accommodation for a three-night stay. Welcome dinner tonight.
After breakfast, a short walk to the beach to meet the purpose-built ferry boat, the ‘Kiwi Express’; today’s transport for your Kapiti Island day trip. Board from the beach by dry ramp and travel for 20 minutes across the Rauoterangi Channel to Kapiti Island. Here, your guide will give you an introduction to the conservation and natural history of the island including stories of local Maori history and the Ngati Toa people. From there, the island is yours! You can wander the tracks, climb to the summit for breathtaking views, spot the birds and hear their birdsong. Walk in absolute serenity, swim in the bay, be directed by your guide or just sit in solitude. A picnic lunch will be provided. In the early afternoon return to the beach landing for transfer back to Paraparaumu Beach. Evening free.
Walking around Kapiti Island makes you realise what New Zealand might have sounded like pre-settlement. The birdlife and sounds were just inspiring to what can be done – Roger, Feb ‘20
5km off the west coast of the lower North Island, Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is isolated, still wild and privy to few. This safe and protected environment is blessed with an abundance of native and endangered species. Lessons learnt in over 100 years of nature conservation and conscientious management have allowed some of New Zealand’s most treasured and endangered fauna to once again flourish on Kapiti Island. Highly restricted public access is now possible and the limited opportunities afforded guarantee a very unique encounter with nature for those permitted entry. See Hihi, Saddlebacks, Weka, Bellbirds, Kokako, Kaka and more. Natural and unspoiled, you’ll encounter a slice of natural New Zealand to be treasured.
The bush is lush and beautiful, emanating a spiritual calm as you wander this beautiful island - Virginia
This morning, travel by coach to the internationally-recognised Southward Car Museum.
Transfer back to the accommodation, mid-afternoon. Rest of the afternoon and evening are free to explore this coastal town. There are a number of nearby restaurants for you to experience.
* subject to the weather the Kapiti Island excursion could be interchanged with the current itinerary for Saturday 28 November
Southward Car Museum
Transfer to the nearby airport for a mid-morning Air Chathams flight, returning to Auckland.
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