Crayfish, Kapiti Marine Reserve. Photo: Danica Stent.

Crayfish, Kapiti Marine Reserve

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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).

Location

Kapiti Marine Reserve is 30 km from Wellington city and is located between Paraparaumu and Waikanae beaches and Kapiti Island (with a small section on the seaward side of the island).
 
 

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Safety

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

Contacts

Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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Pōneke / Wellington Office
Phone:      +64 4 470 8412
Email:   wellington@doc.govt.nz
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