Plan My Trip
Important information to know when planning your Kapiti Island visit.
If you or any of your party have any mobility/medical problems you must inform us when you are booking your trip. This will enable us to assess the trip suitability for you and provide additional support if needed.
Access to the island
Access to the island is via a ramp and the beach is stony.
You will need to have the capability to walk across an uneven & stony beach. If you have any concerns please ask and we can help you assess suitability.
Rangatira Loop walk
Time: 1 hr 30 min loop Distance: 1.8 km loop
Start at the Rangatira shelter and enjoy an easy walk through regenerating forest and coastal shrubland. See whaling trypots (artifacts from the island’s whaling history) and the historic whare. Explore the Rangatira wetland via a boardwalk, then walk around the coastal section back to the shelter.
Time: 2 hr one way Distance: 3.8 km one way
Walk to Tuteremoana along a well-formed track with a steady uphill climb. Pass a picnic area and hihi feeding station a third of the way up. There is a toilet 10 minutes from the summit. This is an ideal track for all ages and fitness levels.
Time: 2 hr one way Distance: 2 km one way
This is a more challenging walk to Tuteremoana with narrow, uneven sections. It is considerably steeper than the Wilkinson Track and should only be attempted by confident trampers with good, sturdy footwear. This is an uphill track only.
Walking tracks at the northern end of the island pass through grassland, shrubland, regenerating forest and coastline, and provide fantastic views of freshwater Okupe Lagoon. There is a shelter and toilet at Waiorua.
Okupe Valley Loop Walk
Time: 1 hr 30 min return Distance: 4.8 km return
This follows a gentle gradient to a lookout above the western cliffs (198m).
Boulder Bank Loop Track
Time: 45 min loop Distance: 2 km loop
This walk follows the coastline around the boulder bank. This track is closed from October to March to avoid disturbing nesting seabirds.
Beach Landing to Shelter Track
Time: 5 min one-way Distance: 185 m one way
Start at beach edge and finish at the junction before the Waiorua visitor shelter.