Kapiti Island

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Catch a boat to an island wildlife reserve
Around one hour's drive north of Wellington, Kapiti Island dominates the near horizon of the Tasman Sea, and has been a protected wildlife reserve since 1897. Measuring less than 20 sq km, the island can only be visited with a licensed tour operator—Kapiti Island Nature Tours is run by a local Maori family with historic links to the island—and their trips incorporate seeing birds including the stout kereru (wood pigeon), and the endangered and flightless takahe. Marine life includes a seal colony, and Kapiti Island Nature Tours also offer overnight stays with the opportunity to see the after-dark, nocturnal activities of New Zealand's shy national bird, the kiwi.
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Kapiti Island, Wellington 5032, New Zealand