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

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Kapiti Island activities

$132.24 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!

$115.45 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.

$276.37 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. 

$346.34 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.

$77.10 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Kapiti Coast Scenic Helicopter Flight

Lifting from Paraparaumu airport we fly down the Coast to Paekakariki where you can see the rugged cliffs of the Mana Coast, Kapiti Island and Queen Elizabeth  2 Park. Then turn towards the new motorway and Transmission Gully. Transmission Gully is a road that has been in the planning stages for over 100 years and is now in the early building stages for a 6 lane highway. On the way back you will see into the Tararua Ranges and the mighty Mt Hector. On a good day you can even see north all the way through to Mt Ruapehu and the Central PlateauThese flights depart from Kapiti Coast Airport and leave at your convenience

$90.96 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Island Hopper Day Cruise

Embark on a magical day sailing adventure in the Bay of Islands. 10am departure - 4pm return.  Step straight from Paihia's beachfront onto a modern catamaran and set sail through the bay's 144 islands to a remote island destination.  Cruise among a beautiful marine playground aboard 'Kopiko', a 33-foot performance catamaran built for speed, comfort, and style. Lend the crew a hand with sailing the boat, or spread out with plenty of deck space where you grab a bean bag and chalk up some leisure time. Discover a wealth of wildlife from seabirds, stingrays, seals, penguins, to dolphins.  Arrive in a stunning bay, where you'll anchor close to the beach for a 2 hour island stop over. Step off onto the island and enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a stunning picnic spot of your choice. Wander short walking trails leading to picturesque views or head to the water for activities like snorkeling and paddle boarding. Enjoy a refreshing swim or simply dig your toes into the sand and relax.  After your island adventures, set sail again and make the most of the sea breezes on the home run. Watch the wind fill the sails, kick back, and relax. Enjoy the peace and tranquility for a perfect end to your day sailing adventure.

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