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.
Find out how to arrange a visit to the island and conditions of entry.
Kāpiti Island visitor register
The Kāpiti Island visitor register shows intended visits to the island.
- Visitor Register 2016[PDF 386 KB]
To see previous years visitor registers for Kāpiti Island, go here.
For more information on Kāpiti Island, as well as other activities to do around Kāpiti, visit our destination website, KapitiCoastNZ.com.