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Guided Tours

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Explore, discover & enjoy lunch with us 

Our guided tours are our most popular option with manuhiri (visitors).

Explore Kapiti Island with our experienced nature guides and make memories to last a lifetime!

Choose our Classic Guided Tour with lunch at the Lodge, or enjoy our Fully Guided Tour visiting both accessible areas of the island, including a gourmet picnic on the trail.

Guided Tours

🌟 Classic Guided

🥾 Fully Guided

From $299

From $399

Your guide will walk you through the island’s rich human and ecological history, point out rare birds and help you get the most out of your day.


The ultimate Kapiti Island day tour. This is a fully guided experience exploring the forests and stories of Kapiti, with a delicious morning tea and lunch included.

🥗 Meals

Cooked lunch at the Lodge.


Baked morning tea at historic whare.
Gourmet picnic on the trail.

✨ Highlights  

  • A 1 hour guided walk.

  • Let our experienced guides show you the north end of Kapiti, at Waiorua. 

  • Enjoy a whānau-hosted lunch at the lodge.

  • Enjoy freshly baked morning tea with coffee at the historic whare.

  • Learn to identify the bird calls of kōkako, tīeke, and many more.

  • Experience the diversity of wildlife, landscape, and history of both Rangatira and Waiorua.

👍 Best for…

  • Exploring Waiorua.

  • Independent walking.

  • Sit down Lodge lunch.

  • Full Kapiti Island experience.

  • Gourmet picnic on the trail.

  • Bird watching & identification.

🛥️ Ferry times

8:45am: Ferry departs mainland.

2:45pm: Ferry departs island on return trip.

The ferry ride takes 15 minutes.

8:45am: Ferry departs mainland.

4pm: Ferry departs island on return trip.

🚐 Wellington Return

No car, no problem. We’ll pick you up in a shuttle from your Wellington accommodation or from the Central Train Station. Enjoy a light breakfast and coffee at the beach before taking the ferry to Kapiti Island. 

Wellington Pick-up 
Approx 7:15am, depending on your pick-up location. 

Wellington Drop-off
Back to your accommodation or the Central Train Station.
Classic Guided Tour: Approx 4pm.
Fully Guided Tour: Approx 5pm.

From $499

Need to know

What to bring

• Your own drinking water. 

• Sturdy footwear.

• Warm clothing, a hat and a waterproof jacket, as the weather can change quickly.

Medical and mobility issues
If you or any of your party have any mobility or medical issues or concerns you must inform us when you are booking your trip. This will enable us to assess the trip’s suitability for you and provide additional support if needed. The trails are not paved and require a reasonable level of fitness to complete the tracks and in particular to climb to the highest point.

Boat ramp access
Access to the island is via a ramp and the beach is stony. You will need to be able to walk across an uneven and stony beach. If you have any concerns please ask and we can help you assess the trip’s suitability.

On the island
A shelter and toilets are available on the Island. There is no shop available. A small selection of gifts and souvenirs are available to purchase at the Lodge.

Ferry service
Departures are from Kapiti Boating Club, Paraparaumu Beach. 

Health & safety
We will do our best to get you to Kapiti Island, however safety is paramount. We review conditions daily and the ferry skipper may cancel the sailing.

We understand that plans change, so please call or email us if you need to change or cancel your trip. If your trip is cancelled by the ferry skipper you can transfer to another available date or request a refund. See our full cancellation policy here.

Overnight Experience
Enjoy everything in the Guided Tour and then stay for the night tour. Kapiti Island is the best place in the world to spot the Little Spotted Kiwi in the wild. You can choose from cabin or glamping accommodation. For Overnight Experience, click here.

Read all our frequently asked questions here.


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