Kapiti Island is one of Aotearoa’s premier conservation and flora/fauna treasures. Consequently, visitors to the island must be mindful of protecting the delicate balance that exists between protection of our endangered species, and visitor enjoyment and education.
Management of visitors in a manner that assists in the protection of the special nature that is Kapiti Island’s environment is one of the guiding principles of our operation. Accordingly, we have developed a number of special operational policies and protocols that all visitors must adhere to. Many of these rules are legally enforceable conditions of our operating license.
* Smoking is not permitted, except at one specified and sign-posted location at the water’s edge, directly in front of the Lodge.
* Visitors may not operate any fire, or cooking appliance, gas cooker, bbq, candles, or other open flame devices
* Visitors are not permitted to bring bulk foodstuffs to the Lodge to enable control of predator risk.
* Our facility provides accommodation on an all meals provided basis.
* Visitors are required to use only the marked and approved walking tracks, and observe the sign-posted boundary instructions demarcating private and Crown Land. (This will be explained during your introductory talk & briefing)
* You must be in possession of your KCDC permit at all times when on the Kapiti Crown Land (these are subject to inspection by local authority staff)
* Visitors are not permitted to enter the DOC managed Kapiti Nature Reserve, other than by accredited ferry, at Rangatira Point. Access to the Nature Reserve is not permitted by land from our facility.
* No fauna/flora shall be introduced to, or removed from Kapiti by visitors.
* Any sighting of rodents by visitors shall be reported to Lodge staff immediately.
* The introduction of seeds and or plant residue to the Island is a risk to the regenerating environment. It is a requirement for all of our visitors to check footwear and clothing for seeds or plant residue to ensure such material is not introduced to the island. Please ensure this is undertaken prior to boarding your vessel to Kapiti Island.
* All fruit stones/pips must be deposited in designated containers located in main building.
* At critical times during the year, certain areas of the island will be closed to public access. e.g. nesting season/high fire risk.
* Alcoholic drinks may be consumed only within the immediate vicinity of the main Lodge building. (BYO)
* No independent walks are permitted between midnight and 5.00am.
* Special conditions apply to guided Kiwi Spotting tours. These specific protocols will be explained and demonstrated during briefing immediately prior to the Kiwi watch tours.
* Rubbish disposal…please ensure that you place all rubbish in the designated containers situated in the main Lodge building, and in the cabins.
* Water supply and usage…..because our water supply is rain storage, we ask that visitors carefully manage water use. Hot showers are available, but please exercise minimal use of the precious water supply.