Saddlebacks on Kapiti Island. Photo: Jack Mace

Saddlebacks on Kapiti Island.

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

Only one hour from Wellington, Kāpiti 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, takahē, kererū and kākā.

Book your trip with a transport or tour operator 

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

Alert/Important notice

 Extreme fire danger

Take care on the island as this prolonged spell of dry weather creates extreme fire danger. Smoking is strictly forbidden on Kāpiti Island during summer.


Kāpiti Island lies about 5km off the west coast of the southern North Island. Private boats are not permitted to land or anchor at the nature reserve.

Find out more


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Wellington/Kapiti places


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

Kapiti Coast Visitor Information Centre