Whether you’re an international visitor or a New Zealander, one of the the most memorable experiences from this country is seeing Little Spotted Kiwi in its natural habitat – happy and safe.
There is approximately 1,200 Little Spotted Kiwi on Kapiti Island and with the Department of Conservation we continue to work hard to keep these little birds safe. Seeing Kiwi in the wild has been described by some as a life changing experience.
He manu kai te miro non ate ngahere,
He manu kai te matauranga non ate ao
(A bird that feeds on berries shall inherit the forest, a bird that feeds on knowledge shall inherit the world.)
Little Spotted Kiwi are extinct in the wild on the mainland. Because there is a healthy population of Kiwi on Kapiti Island, we offer you the best chance to see them in their natural habitat. The Māori name for Little Spotted Kiwi is Pukupuku.
Kiwis are the only bird with a nostril at the end of their beak.
There are many ways to make the most of your visit with us: we recommend you ferry to Rangatira, take the amazing walk to the highest point on the island, then catch a ferry to us at Waiorua Bay (North end). Or you can take the ferry directly to Waiorua Bay and begin your nature-inspired experience there.
Your overnight kiwi spotting adventure includes:
- getting you to Kapiti Island, including ferry booking and compulsory permits;
- an introduction briefing talk on arrival by experienced guides;
- unique overnight accommodation at our lovely Kapiti Nature Lodge;
- wonderful meals for entire two days;•local council permit and Department of Conservation permits;
- a guided, night Kiwi spotting walk by an experienced guide
- genuine Maori hospitality•the opportunity to engage with endangered New Zealand birds like Takahe, Kākā, Weka, Tīeke (Saddleback), Kereru, Kokako, Hihi, and Toutouwai (Robin)
- the chance to get up close to some extraordinary New Zealand native flora and fauna•memories to last a lifetime
We also have fantastic half-day and full-day tours. If you're around on March 3, we have a special half-day tour that includes a visit to the island's seal colony - very cute!
For more information, please visit our website. Kapiti Island Nature Tours