Kapiti Island: A Very Special Place

New Zealand's Kapiti Island in the distance -courtesy @nevjmc

   Kapiti Island is a very special place just 15 minutes by boat off the lower west coast of North Island in New Zealand. It's small (about 6 miles x1 1/4 miles) but it is one of New Zealand's most important bird sanctuaries and marine reserves.

wood pigeon- courtesy of Kapiti Island Nature Tours

The Wood Pigeon

Over the years the Department of Conservation has successfully removed all non indigenous mammals to keep the flora and fauna naturally protected .

 

saddleback -courtesy of Kapiti Island Nature Tours

The Saddleback

The island has just one small privately owned overnight home stay, the Kapiti Nature Lodge on the northern end. Reservations in advance are required as the property can accommodate only 10 guests.

 

brown bush parrot- courtesy Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Brown Bush Parrot 

Everything on Kapiti is protected, the island is a nature reserve. When visiting independently you should bring your own water and food, take away anything you bring and remember, fire of any kind is not allowed, including for cooking.

 

 little spotted kiwi -courtesy of Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Approximately 1200  flightless Little Spotted Kiwi make their home on Kapiti

The old saying, "take only photos and leave only footprints" is the LAW here.

 

weka-courtesy of Kipiti Island Nature Tours

The flightless Weka

You"ll need a permit from the Dept. of Conservation and transportation must be arranged as private boats are not allowed to anchor here.

 

takahe- courtesy of Kapiti Island Nature Tours

The Takahe -flightless and on the endangered species list

Kapiti Island Nature Tours come highly recommended, catering to all levels of fitness. They handle your permits, transportation, food -everything you need for a day filled with serene nature experiences. 

 

New Zealand Pigeon- courtesy of Kapiti Island Nature Tours

The New Zealand Pigeon

There are nature walks, kayaking.diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing and birding to take in, all surrounded by sheer tranquility.

 

Kapiti Island, perfect for peaceful reflection

 

For a list of birds found on Kaptiti Island, click here

 

Loving nature and birds as I do, Kapiti Island is definitely on my bucket  list now!

Special thanks to Ian Trafford of Kapiti Island Nature Tours and to Jim McIntosh for the use of their photography in this post for #Blog4NZ, a social media campaign to let everyone know New Zealand is 100% Pure you and ready to welcome travelers.

 


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