Kapiti is­land na­ture tours

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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).

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