Not many travellers get to experience one of New Zealand’s most precious predator-free nature environments. Kapiti Island nature reserve near Wellington, is only a 20 min boat ride from the main land on the Kapiti Coast of the North Island. On this small group eco tour, you’ll get to explore the northern end of the Island with only the birdlife for company.

Boat trip to Kapiti Island Nature Reserve

Kapiti Island Nature Tour boat

Here’s one of the locals unloading those all important supplies.

Kapiti Island supplies

Kapiti Island nature reserve near Wellington

The owner/operators of Kapiti Island Nature Tours run the only commercial operation at Waiorua, at the northern end. We chose their day tour which included a one-hour guided nature walk and lunch. Really impressed with guide, Andi. She loves her job. First stop at the shelter for an orientation before our 3-hour loop walk.

Kapiti Island shelter M and A

You really need to take a few moments to absorb scenery like this.

Kapiti Island shelter

After the orientation Andi escorted us to the first part of the walk and then we continued by ourselves. As you can see the track is well defined and maintained.

Kapiti Island Pam on track

It’s hard to believe that only 50 years ago, this newer part of the island was cleared farmland. How quickly nature reasserts her dominance. Here’s a plant that even the knowledgeable Michael could not identify.

Kapiti Island fruit

I was amazed at how fat and prosperous these Kereru were and so completely unafraid of us.

Kapiti Island Kereru

Part of the loop walk included climbing to the cliff face and although the sun stayed hidden, the moody coastline was stunning.

Kapiti Island Cliff face

On the way back we paid our respects to the hardworking DOC workers. These guys do such a great job and what a cheerful bunch!

Kapiti Island DOC staff

Back at the lodge it was a surprise to sit down to a very good cooked lunch (we expecting filled buns). We sat dined with other travellers who had opted to stay overnight. Kapiti Island Nature Tours offer cute little rustic cabins. For a different level of comfort, a ‘Glamping’ experience is also provided:

Kapiti Island Glamping

After lunch we took a wander down the beach so Michael could catch a few Zen moments.

Kapiti Island Zen

And here’s mine:

Kapiti Island Zen2

This is an authentic nature experience that forces you to slow down and beat to a different drum. The Island welcomed us, as did the locals and we’d love to visit again. Time to say goodbye to those Kereru.

Kapiti Island goodbyes

Happy Travelling.


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