Book a return ferry ride. Enjoy a day exploring a predator-free paradise.
From NZD $95 per adult NZD $50 per child
Get up close to rare kaka, kokako, takahe and hihi. Wander tracks fringed with dense forest or climb the island’s 521m peak for panoramic views.
Ferries depart the mainland in the morning. On arrival you’ll be welcomed by a guide who’ll give an introductory korero (talk), explain island tikanga (etiquette) and also suggest the best hikoi (walking) options for your group.
From there you can explore at your own pace. You’ll have 6 hours on the island before catching your return ferry back to Paraparaumu Beach.
The price includes the required permit from the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Rangatira Loop - Family favourite
?Easy walk through regenerating forest and coastal shrubland. See whaling station artefacts and the historic whare. Explore the wetlands via a boardwalk.
???Wilkinson Track - Most popular?
A more challenging climb to the island’s highest point to see stunning panoramic views. A picnic area and hihi (stitchbird) feeding station is on the way up, offering a chance to see one of New Zealand’s rarest birds.
Check availability and book here
?????You can visit either Rangatira in the middle of the island, or Waiorua at the North End. More information about the differences can be found on DOC's website here.
Prefer a guided walk with a delicious cooked lunch?
You’ll want our Kapiti Day Tour. Click here to learn more.
Only got time for half a day?
See our Waiorua Half Day Trip. Click here to learn more.
What to bring
- Your own lunch and drinking water
- Sturdy footwear
- Warm clothing and a waterproof jacket as the weather can change quickly.
On the island
A shelter and toilets are available on the Island.
Return Ferry Transport
Choose your preferred departure time at checkout. Departures are from Kapiti Boating Club, Paraparaumu Beach. If your trip is cancelled by the ferry skipper you can transfer to another available date or request a refund. Click here to check our cancellation policy.?
Return Ferry Transport - Rangatira itinerary click here. Waiorua itinerary click here.