Kapiti Island (Island Fortress & Nature Reserve)

Kapiti Island
Paraparaumu, Wellington
The island is one of New Zealand's most valuable nature reserves and has abundant birdlife. Kapiti Island also has an important human history. The stronghold of the Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha in the first half of the nineteenth century, the Island was also the site of early shore whaling stations in the early years of contact between the races. Traces of its fascinating past can be seen at several places on the Island.

A visit, to climb the track to the highest point and experience the birdlife, is a splendid dayout. The number of people per day is limited to 50 and a permit is required . (Obtainable from DOC at $12 a head) -

Department of Conservation,
Visitor Information Centre,
18 Manners Street,
PO Box 10420
Phone: +64 4 384 7770

Two commercial launch services take visitors to Kapiti Island. The launches leave from Paraparaumu

Audio Guides

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  • Kapiti Island from the Waikanae River Mouth
    Kapiti Island from the Waikanae River Mouth
  • Street map
    Street map
  • Kapiti Island
    Kapiti Island
  • Map of the Kapiti Marine Reserve
    Map of the Kapiti Marine Reserve
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