Welcome to Kapiti Island


To visit the island, you must make your arrangements in advance with one of two licensed operators. Remember to reconfirm your arrangements on the morning of departure, as sailings are weather-dependent. All boats depart from Paraparaumu Beach, which can be reached by train.


Top experiences in Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island activities

$132.73 Water Sports

River Valley Rafting - Grade 5 White Water Rafting on the Rangitikei River

If you are looking for an action packed half day trip, then the Grade 5 white water section of the Rangitikei River could be just what you are looking for.Often recognised as one of the top half day Grade 5 White Water Rafting Trips in the world, your trip on the Rangitikei starts off easier, with sections of fun Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids, great practice for what lies ahead!  Over a two to three hour period, and 11 kms of river, you will experience rapids that start at that easy end, and culminate in the gorge, a section of the river where 10 major rapids, from Grade 3+ to Grade 5, line up one after the other to thrill you and excite you.  Some of these rapids are short and sharp, while others carry on for several hundred meters.  The trip finishes right outside the front door of River Valley Lodge for hot showers. No getting changed on river banks!

$84.27 Classes & Workshops

One on One Surf Lesson at Piha Beach, Auckland

Our one on one surf lessons at Piha Beach, Auckland, include a 1.5 hour one on one session with an experienced and qualified instructor including your wetsuit and suitable board hire if required. Choosing One on One Surf Lessons to ensure your instructor has their undivided attention on you, engaging in directive feedback to master your surfing skills. Whether a beginner or a more advanced surfer, professional guidance can support you taking the next step in riding and conquering the wave. Consecutive private bookings enable us to utilize our progressive advanced programme to monitor and track your technique with video analysis, lesson plans and records.

$115.87 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mount John Observatory Tour

Join us on our famous observatory tour on Mt John. Spend the evening discovering what the southern sky has to offer, and experience the thrill of looking deep into the cosmos with our powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey with us behind closed doors and get a glimpse of what a life is like as an astronomer. See a range of research equipment that is out of bounds to the general public, and learn all about the different research that goes on at Mt John.  On a clear night we will introduce you to the objects and constellations visible in the sky to the naked eye, then move on to looking through several of Earth & Sky's telescopes. These are portable yet powerful, and we set them up outside under the stars each night. Bring up your DSLR camera and our astrophotographers may be able to capture the night sky for you.

$277.39 Shore Excursions

Private Shore Excursion: Wellington Photography Tour

Your tour will start when you are picked you up from the Port of Wellington before being driven out to the Tararua Forest Park.  The Tararuas offer some real New Zealand wilderness photography with beautiful rivers and lush forest. After this we will head over to the Kapiti Coast, stopping en route at a cafe for lunch (not include in the price). We then have the option to include a visit to a local farm or some wildlife photography (depending on your interest ) before heading out to the coast. We will spend the rest of the day exploring beaches to capture views out to Mana and Kapiti Island, learning how to take control of some of the most important settings on your camera for coastal photography and capture long exposure images with use of our ND filters. The tour will end when you are taken back to the port in Wellington. 

$347.62 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Wellington Photography Tour

Your tour will start when you are picked up from your Wellington accommodation or a pre-arranged city location, before being driven out to the Tararua Forest Park. The Tararuas offer some real New Zealand wilderness photography with beautiful rivers and lush forest. After this we will head over to the Kapiti Coast, stopping en route at a cafe for lunch (include in the price). We then have the option to include a visit to a local farm or some wildlife photography (depending on your interest ) before heading out to the coast. We will spend the rest of the day exploring beaches to capture views out to Mana and Kapiti Island, learning how to take control of some of the most important settings on your camera for coastal photography and capture long exposure images with use of our ND filters. The tour will end when you are taken back to Wellington.  Tour Start Time: The start time of this tour is flexible to work in with the sunset time and your travel schedule. Ideally, a time will be chosen to allow for the tour to finish with a sunset shoot over Mana or Kapiti Island. We will contact you once a booking has been made, to confirm the best pick-up time for you.

$87.78 Shore Excursions

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: Christchurch Sightseeing with Antarctic Center

Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch.Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ponds and water features, drive through the city center once with its historic buildings and architecture now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the Earthquake hitting the city in February 2011.  See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place.You will visit the botanical gardens in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.The tour then moves on to The International Antarctic Centre.  This features a recreation of the atmosphere of Antarctica with a snow and ice experience, the blue penguin encounter, a 4-D Movie experience and an exhilarating Hagglund ride.The Penguins held here are birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks. Due to physical disabilities that have left them defenceless, many of them would not have survived on their own back in the wild.HighlightsCentral Christchurch including the badly earthquake damaged city centreChristchurch Botanical GardensMona Vale House and GardensSign of the Takahe with magnificent view over the entire city from the coastline to the mountainsPort Hills and Lyttelton HarbourSumner Beach and townshipAdmission to the International Antarctic CentreLittle Blue Penguin viewing and Hagglund RideStops for photo opportunities at all the key destinationsThis sightseeing option of Christchurch is designed for cruise ship passengers.

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