Your best chance of seeing Little Spotted Kiwi in their natural habitat
From NZD $415.00 per adult/$235 per child
Whether you’re a local or visiting from overseas, seeing Kiwi in their natural habitat is an experience not to be missed. Kapiti Island is home to over 1,200 Little Spotted Kiwi (LSK), making it the most prolific population of LS Kiwi to be found, and one of the most reliable opportunities to see them in the wild.
Please understand that Little Spotted Kiwi on Kapiti Island are not in captivity. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee their behaviour or sightings on any given night.
Spend the night and enjoy our famous hospitality and delicious meals, surrounded by stunning native bush and some of our most rare and beautiful native birds.
Our website tour package gives you 2 full days on the island, spending your first day at Rangatira in the middle of the island, and your second day at ?Waiorua. We have other options including an afternoon arrival or morning departure. You can contact us to arrange any other tour configuration.
Accommodation options include our comfy cabins, luxurious glamping tents, or the beach bungalow with ensuite. You can view the accommodation options here.
The rates are per person.
* If your trip is cancelled by the ferry skipper you can transfer your booking to another date (as long as the date is available) or you can contact us to request a full refund.
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Our overnight tour package gives you 2 full days on the island. You'll spend your first day at Rangatira in the middle of the island, with the chance to climb Kapiti's highest peak, or explore the lower tracks through established New Zealand forest. We can arrange a packed lunch for you if requested in advance, otherwise you’ll need to bring a packed lunch and drink for your 1st day.
In the afternoon you'll be transported to Waiorua, where you'll spend the night at the lodge. You'll be treated to local beer and wine, and a delicious home cooked meal before heading out after dark on a guided Kiwi spotting walk.
Staying in a cosy cabin, you'll fall as?leep to the sound of calling Kiwi and Weka, Kaka and Ruru. A hot breakfast and fresh coffee will help you experience the world come alive as you watch the sunrise over Waiorua Bay, on one of the oldest sanctuaries in the world.
You'll spend your second day exploring the Waiorua tracks, with a coastal or hill walk available. After a hot lunch at the lodge, you'll depart Kapiti in the afternoon of day 2.
Please note: the coastal walk is generally closed between 1 October & 31 March due to nesting seabirds.
Leave us a note in the “Special Requirements” field if you’d like a different arrival or departure time - we can also offer an afternoon arrival, or morning departure.
All bedding and towels are provided. Please bring your bathroom necessities.
This tour includes
Morning ferry transport to the middle of the island (Rangatira) for the first day of your visit
Introductory talk and welcome from one of our experienced nature guides
Afternoon ferry transport from Rangatira to the Lodge at Waiorua.
Unique overnight accommodation at our lovely Lodge, with the choice of Cabin, Tent or Ensuite accommodation
Wonderful meals cooked by our Chef at the Lodge (dinner, breakfast and lunch provided, you will need to bring a packed lunch for day one)
A night time guided Kiwi spotting walk with an experienced and knowledgable guide
The opportunity to engage with endangered New Zealand birds like Takahe, Kaka, Weka, Tieke (Saddleback), Kereru, Kokako, Hihi, and Toutouwai (Robin) within the lush regenerating native bush
Afternoon ferry returns you to the mainland
Department of Conservation permits.
Memories to last a lifetime