Crayfish, Kapiti Marine Reserve
Kapiti Marine Reserve links the world-renowned bird sanctuary on the island with the protected Waikanae estuary on the mainland, creating a rare continuum of protected land and sea. The marine reserve’s rich biodiversity attracts many visitors, both human and animal.
Find out about the region, and book accommodation, guided trips and experiences.
View the Kapiti Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 1713K).
Learn facts about Kapiti Marine Reserve, which features underwater scenery regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region.
Divers and snorkellers can get amongst the sea life and there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching and other wildlife pursuits for walkers, boaties and kayakers.
Contact the Kapiti Coast Visitor Information Centre to find out about places to stay on the Kapiti coast.
Find out how to get to the reserve, view a map showing its location and boundaries and review the rules and regulations that must be followed once there.
Kapiti is one of the few accessible island nature reserves. There you can observe birds that are either very rare or absent from the mainland. Access is by approved tourism operators only.
Students can learn all about Kapiti Island and the Kapiti Marine Reserve.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Wellington/Kapiti places