Saddlebacks on Kapiti Island. Photo: Jack Mace

Saddlebacks on Kapiti Island.

Kapiti Island is host to one of the largest accessible island bird sanctuaries in New Zealand, set in one of the nation’s most valuable nature reserves.

Only one hour from Wellington, the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve boasts a unique environment populated with birds and wildlife rarely seen on the mainland. Here you can observe an abundance of native birds including Little Spotted Kiwi, Takahe, Kereru and Kaka.

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View the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve brochure (PDF, 1,910K).


Kapiti Island lies about 5km off the west coast of the southern North Island.

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Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
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