Kapiti island nature tours
Kapiti Island, and the associated nature reserve are a unique mix of internationally important nature and conservation activity, carefully and thoroughly managed by the Department of Conservation. Kapiti Island Nature Tours offers a range of experiences on the island, to suit all abilities. Owned and operated by the Barrett family (descendants of the early Maori kaitiaki - guardians of the Island) their knowledge of the history of Maori, whaling, farming and conservation, is clear and well told. The Rangatira landing walk scales the 520m Tutermoana summit. Often seen are stitchbird, saddleback, robin, whitehead, kaka, kakariki, kereru, and sometimes NZ’s premier song bird, the rare kokako (blue wattle crow). At Waiorua Bay, where the Barretts operate the Kapiti Nature Lodge, less demanding walks present a similar array of NZ native birds. Overnight guests can join guided kiwi spotting walks, and enjoy great meals and hospitality in a range cabins, bungalows or luxury tents (glamping).