Kapiti Island

The luxury tent on Kapiti Island

From $396 p/p
Includes meals, ferries, DOC pass and Kiwi-spotting tour
Sleeps 2

Kapiti Island is a bird and nature lovers paradise. And the people that live and breathe it, are the owners and operators of Kapiti Island Nature Tours, whanau (family), John and Susan Barrett, and John’s sister Amo Clark.

John and Amo’s iwi (tribe) and whanau have been living on Kapiti Island since the 1820s. They have gathered generations of knowledge and experience on the island, which over time, has grown to be recognised as a world renowned nature reserve.

Kapiti Nature Lodge, run by John and Amo is the only accommodation on Kapiti Island. As well as the overnight accommodation at the lodge, their operation includes bird and history tours, and other activities like traditional harakeke-flax weaving weekends, seal watching, and seafood gathering.

The safari tent on Kapiti Island is located near the lodge in a peaceful spot, surrounded by nature. The tent shares bathroom facilities with the other lodge guests a short 40 metre walk from the tent. Delicious meals prepared by the lodge's chef are included in the overall package for your stay, as well as all ferry trips, DOC permits, and a fantastic night kiwi-spotting walk with an experienced guide.

Whether you’re a local or visiting from overseas, seeing kiwi in their natural habitat is an experience not to be missed. Kapiti Island is home to around 1,400 little spotted kiwi, making it one of the densest population of kiwi to be found, and one of the easiest places to see them in the wild.

So, just imagine. You're sitting on your tent verandah, cold drink in hand, watching weka wander through the grasses, cheeky kaka eyeing up your chips and dip, and wood pigeons perching in the manuka just metres from your tent. The air around you is filled with the bird-song of rare, native birds... and a delicous meal with great company is waiting for you in the warm and welcoming lodge. Nice.

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