Kapiti Island Eco Tours

Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand's earliest established, predator-free nature reserves. It is a special place rich in human history and native fauna.

Visit Kapiti Island to enjoy a great day surrounded by endangered wildlife, rare birds and stunning native bush and beach. Maximise your time in this island paradise with an overnight stay at the Lodge. We know you will have an unforgettable eco-experience on New Zealand’s stunning Kapiti Island.


How to get to the Island

You will begin your day at the Kapiti Boating Club on Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Beach. Your tour operator will organise a ferry or jet boat ride to the nature sanctuary on Kapiti Island.


What to expect on your eco-tour!

The boat trip will take you to Waiorua Bay on the north end of Kapiti Island.

Upon arrival at the marine reserve, you’ll join a 30-minute introductory talk at the DOC centre. Then, set off on your one-hour guided walk, where an experienced guide will share stories of conservation, ecology, and local human history of the land. Plus, you will learn how to identify flora and fauna in their natural habitat.

Even if the island is experiencing excellent weather, the bush can be pretty cool sometimes, so we recommend you bring a light jacket. Also bring a hat, sunblock and of course, comfortable walking shoes.


Day Trip options

Two fantastic Kapiti Island experiences are available.

Kapiti Island Eco

When you book online, you will receive a confirmation of your departure time the day before your Kapiti Island day trip.

Rangatira day trip

Explore pristine New Zealand nature, viewing rare, native birds such as the Little Spotted Kiwi and other endangered wildlife. Follow the 2-hour track to reach the viewpoint at Tuteremoana, or just relax on the beautiful beaches and sheltered picnic areas.

More information: https://kapitiislandeco.rezdy.com/212764/eco-experience-day-trip-to-rangatira-kapiti-island-5-hrs

North End half-day trip

Explore the Okupe Valley loop track boasting breathtaking vistas of Okupe Lagoon and Kapiti island's western cliffs. Or take a stroll along the low-lying Boulder Bank loop track.

More information: https://kapitiislandeco.rezdy.com/218758/north-end-kapiti-island-half-day

Optional Extras

  • A one-hour guided walk for $20 per person,
  • A delicious cut lunch of a roll, a sweet treat, and a piece of fruit for $15 per person and,
  • Snorkelling equipment hire for $20.

Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Both Kapiti Island Nature Tours include: return ferries, an introduction to the island, a 1-hour guided walk, full chef-prepared lunch at the Lodge, and all DOC and council permits.

Full-Day Tour to Waiorua Bay, Kapiti Island

The ferry departs Paraparaumu Beach around 9:00 am, returning at around 3:00 pm.

Wellington Day Trip Return

This tour departs Wellington daily at 7.00 am and will arrive at Paraparaumu Beach. The ferry leaves again at around 3:00 pm, returning to Wellington CBD.

This package also includes return transfers in an air-conditioned minivan and a light breakfast in Paraparaumu Beach.

More information: https://www.kapitiisland.com/tours-activities/kapiti-day-tour


What it’s like staying overnight

If you’re looking for overnight accommodation, the Lodge on Kapiti Island offers more than just an overnight stay – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Spend the night in a cosy cabin within a world-renowned bird sanctuary surrounded by virgin New Zealand nature. Fall asleep to the sounds of the native birds, then, upon waking, enjoy a hot breakfast and fresh coffee while watching the sunrise over Waiorua Bay.

Choose from tent, cabin, or bungalow ensuite accommodation: https://www.kapitiisland.com/tours-activities/accommodation.


Transport and travel tips before you go…

Whether you’re visiting Wellington to relax on the beach, join museum tours, or sample craft beers, you’ll find plenty of activities in the coolest little capital on the planet. So, why not book a high-quality rental vehicle with Omega Rental Cars to make the most of your time here? We have two convenient Wellington, New Zealand locations – Wellington Airport and our Hutt Road depot. Book today to experience excellent service, stress-free booking, and a seamless experience from start to finish.