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Kiwi Country

Stay overnight and you might be able to spot our VIB (that’s Very Important Bird), the Kiwi pukupuku

“A wonderful experience” 

One for your bucket-list, this tour lets you stay overnight on this precious island, which really comes alive at night. 

You might encounter kororā (little blue penguin), ruru (morepork), or Kiwi (this is not guaranteed but our guides will try their hardest to spot one with you).

Enjoy our famous hospitality, with delicious meals, great company and comfortable accommodation, from self-contained cabins to comfortable glamping tents. 

Surrounded by native forest and rare birds, you’ll explore the island over 2 full days, with walks including regenerating bush and summit tracks, and a lagoon lookout. 

Overnight Experience package includes:

  • Guided night walk*

  • Introductory talk with a guide

  • Guided day walk

  • One night’s accommodation

  • Chef-prepared breakfast, lunch & dinner 

  • Evening drinks (beer or wine)

  • Hot and continental breakfast

  • Return ferry and all required permits

*Sightings of Kiwi pukupuku (Little Spotted Kiwi) are not guaranteed but our guides will try their hardest to spot one with you.

Stay your way

Our glamping tents are the most popular with couples. If you’d prefer solid walls we have cosy cabins. We are the only provider of accommodation on the island. Every stay comes with cooked meals and Kiwi spotting night tour.


Fantastic day trip in an area of such natural beauty. All of the staff were most welcoming and helpful. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys nature, walks and especially birdwatching!

- Richard, Australia


Excellent day in every way. Thank you for such wonderful hospitality, delicious lunch and amazing people. Keep up the brilliant work.

- Trevor and Michele, UK

"Highly recommend"

Kapiti Island has it all for any nature lover. The birds are rare but plentiful, it is worth every cent to stay overnight. One of the best experiences I've had anywhere in the world.

- Imogen, NZ

Need to know

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.

You will take your day pack, lunch and drinking water with you while exploring Rangatira on your first day and leave your overnight bag on the boat. Your luggage will be taken up to our lodge at Waiorua - you’ll be transferred there later in the afternoon.

On the island
Shelter and toilets are available on the island and at the lodge. A small selection of gifts and souvenirs are available to purchase at the Lodge.

Bedding & towels
All bedding and towels are provided. Please bring your bathroom essentials.

What to bring

• Drinking water for Day One.

• Sturdy footwear.

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

Dietary requirements
We can cater to your requirements, so please let us know if you have any on the booking form.

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.

Spotting a Kiwi
We can’t guarantee a Kiwi sighting but you’re in the best place in the world to try, with 1,200 Little Spotted Kiwi on the island.

The Coastal Walk 
This trail is generally closed between 1 October and 31 March due to nesting seabirds.

Read all our frequently asked questions here.