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Kapiti Island Tour Including Car Museum by Helicopter and Train from Wellington
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Kiwi spotting night

Wonderful trip over night to see if we could spot the Little brown kiwis that live there. We were lucky enough to see two at close range and hear another two! Important to wear... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2016
D P
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Wellington, New Zealand
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65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

I've stayed overnight on Kapiti Island a couple of times now. I love the island - and would go back multiple times - but have been underwhelmed by the overnight stay both times. Much could be done to improve the accommodation, including fixing the holes in the bathrooms and insect-proofing the cabins/tents. (An empty can of flyspray left in the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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843 reviews
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Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Wonderful trip over night to see if we could spot the Little brown kiwis that live there. We were lucky enough to see two at close range and hear another two! Important to wear rustle free clothing. Other than that the island is full of bird life of every type and the scenery spectacular. So worth a trip if you've... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

We went on a trip to Rangatira and hiked to the top of the island. If you're wondering if it's worth the hike, then hesitate no longer, just do it! I've heard of stories by early settlers about the "deafening" sound of bird song in the NZ bush when they arrived. I've never experienced that anywhere else, but I reckon... More 

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Sunshine Coast BC
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228 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Kapiti Island is a nature sanctuary and it is easy to drive to Paraparoumu from Wellington. You need to book ahead to be able to get on the boat over to the Island as only a limited number of spaces are available on any given day. This is a place for bird lovers and nature lovers and for those who... More 

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Lancashire
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

We visited the island itself on 5th January 2016. The cost of the trip to the island (a national reserves) and overnight accommodation (privately owned on the island) was NZ$ 700 (approx. £350. The island is very steep, packed lunch is needed and the trees and vegetation are fantastic, as are the birds. After an initial talk about the island,... More 

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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

If you like nature, especially birds then this is a great trip. It's a unique island due to the conservation which has been carried out. We are not massive bird watchers but it was great to see lots of life sadly missing from other NZ forests. We didn't quite make it to the top of the island (had a baby... More 

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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

We used the very straight-forward Kapiti Island Nature Tours boat to cross to the island. This place is quite wonderful. It is possible to get close to very rare birds and there is lots to see both on the walk to the summit and around the back of the beach. The introductory talk by DOC staff is just right and... More 

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1 Thank Charles B
John B, Owner at Kapiti Island, responded to this review

Thanks Charles B for your positive comments. Just as a point of clarification- the introductory briefing is done by one of our team-not the Dept Of Conservation. Of course, we work very closely with our partner (DOC) under a contractual agreement to operate in a way that enhances the development of the Nature Reserve. thanks again. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 23 December 2015

Our Ferry sped at high speed over a choppy sea, every bounce an adventure, in 15 minutes we beached on driftwood strewn beach. Our guide was an absolute well of knowledge which he shared willingly and enthusiastically!!! He was in love with Kapiti Island and wanted to share that love with us!!! Next came the hike to the Northern summit,... More 

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John B, Owner at Kapiti Island, responded to this review

JPGEE thanks for your warm comments. I'll pass your regards onto our team. Yes- seeing Kiwi in the wild-even if it is just a fleeting glance sometimes- makes the effort worthwhile. thanks again for visiting Kapiti Island with us. More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

This is a unique place and a must if you want to experience indigenous bird life in the wild. The island is totally pest free, so the wildlife is unafraid and relaxed. Boats go everyday, weather permitting, but do book ahead as numbers are restricted. We saw 3 takahe and a chick, which was so special. Loved it.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2015

This was an excellent overnight trip. Several people saw a Kiwi and I saw my first penguin in the wild, plodding back to his/her burrow, and distinctly confused by the attention from the group of humans! There's loads of New Zealand's birds everywhere, including flightless ones. The Tuis and bellbirds chatter constantly during the day, and the Kiwis call a... More 

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John B, Owner at Kapiti Island, responded to this review

Hi Nancy, Sorry I didn't get to meet you when you visited the Island-and happy that most aspects of your visit met your expectations. I will investigate the issue around not responding to non-nz phones for call or txt- I can't see any reason why we shouldn't do this. Thanks for raising the point. regards More 

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