Kāpiti Island lies five kilometres off the Kāpiti coastline. The island is an internationally-famed nature reserve protecting some of New Zealand's most endangered birds. The 1,965-hectare island is one of the few relatively accessible island nature reserves in the country and is one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent sites for bird recovery.
The island, currently administered by DoC, is the summit of a submerged mountain range created by an earthquake 200 million years ago. It was first identified by naturalists as a possible bird sanctuary as early as 1870 and has been reserved for this purpose since 1897.
The Kāpiti Island Visitor Register shows intended visits to the island. To view the register, which contains details of proposed visits, click on the visitor register link below.