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Kapiti Nature Lodge

Kapiti Nature Lodge
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Waiorua Bay, Paraparaumu
+64 21 126 7525 or +64 6 362 6606
Wake up on Kāpiti Island to a dawn chorus of protected native birds in one of New Zealand's most precious conservation environments.  Your nature-inspired overnight stay includes a Kiwi spotting tour - your best chance of seeing Little Spotted Kiwi in the wild. Your hosts provide genuine Māori hospitality that will stay with you long after your visit. Our chef will prepare wholesome food, sourced locally.. Do as little or as much as you want; take a guided nature and history walk; trek to the lookout; bird-watch; swim; or just relax with the best of natural New Zealand. Day options available too. This is one of New Zealand’s most special nature-inspired experiences. We look forward to sharing Kāpiti Island with you soon.

"This overnight stay has got to be one of the best experiences in the region.” Claire, Greater Wellington Regional Council.

"We had a great time on Kapiti last week. We stayed for 1 day/1 night on the island and loved every minute. Highlight was the overnight kiwi-spotting tour, an absolute must for everybody who visits New Zealand.
Also the Maori-hospitality in the lodge is super, it's like visiting family."
Hendrik, Netherlands

"The birding was amazing, the people genuine and lovely in their gracious hospitality. The traditional food and Maori presentation very nice. Plus the Kiwi spotting absolutely fantastic- what an endearing bird." Paula, United States.

Probably one of the best New Zealand experiences I have had in 30 years. The highlight, aside from the birds, was the interaction with both staff and operators of the resort. Their attitude and knowledge of birds and culture were worth the trip alone!" Chris Lloyd, Australia.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

Being a Maori business, everything we do is about protection (manaakitanga) and guardianship (kaitiakitanga) of our natural environment.

Dietary Selections: We offer

Vegan Vegetarian Locally sourced food

Organic Meals

We cater for any dietary requirements. You are likely to eat ika (fish) that was caught the day you arrive! We can also show you how to gather paua and other kaimoana (seafood).


2 bedroom house; six nature cabins (3 with ensuite); luxury canopy tents (2) for a real outdoor, nature experienced. Shared dining room and lounge. Outdoor hot tub.

Total Capacity



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Walking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, kiwi spotting, history & nature guided walk, bird spotting, reading, relaxing, listening to our wonderful dawn chorus of native birds, outdoor hot tub.

Tariff Includes

Depending on length of stay; accommodation, food, permits, ferry, kiwi spotting, guided walk


A 50 minute drive north from Wellington (or 55 minute train trip.) Then a bus to Paraparaumu Beach, 15 minute ferry from Kapiti Boating Club.
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