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.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.