Kapiti Island – warriors, whales and wildlife - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Kapiti Island

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Kapiti Island in the Video tab.

Once a base for the famous chief Te Rauparaha and the Ngāti Toa tribe, with up to 3,000 occupants, Kapiti Island was the site of six whaling stations in the 1830s. It later became a wildlife sanctuary, where the eradication of pests has allowed kiwi, takahē, kōkako and other rare birds to flourish.

Related web links:
Kapiti and Mana islands
Ngāti Toarangatira
Te Rauparaha
Island sanctuaries
Kapiti Island, a natural fortress
Jillett’s whaling station
Land birds – overview

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/