Only boat currently operating under the new Maritime NZ "MOSS" Safety System.

Book direct: bookings@kapitiexplorer.nz

For late bookings and seats availble due to last minute cancellations ph/text Jenny on
0800 433779 or 027 6554739

Office hours 7am to 7pm most days.

Planned trips and availability in next few weeks:

Thurs 4th May, 9.00am Confirmed, plenty of spaces

Sat 6th May, 8.45am, Confirmed, plenty of spaces

Mon 8th May, Confirmed, plenty of spaces

Sun 14th May, 9.00am Confirmed, plenty of spaces

Wed 17th May, Pending

Sat 20th May, Confirmed, plenty of spaces

Sun 21st May, Confirmed, Plenty of spaces

Sun 28th May, Pending

3rd June, Pending,

4th June, Pending

5th June, Pending and end of 2016/17 season

Reopen on 1st September 2017

Note: Pending means we need a few more bookings to get the boat on the water, confirmed means enough bookings for the trip to proceed with plenty of spaces.


All trips are subject to weather conditions and we do require the equivalent of 12 adults to confirm a sailing.

We are closed from the 6th June to the 1st September each year.


Follow us  

A day trip to Kapiti Island departs from the carpark of the Kapiti Boating Club and Kapiti Coastguard at the sea end of Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Beach.

A day trip to Kapiti Island on our purpose-built ferry “Kiwi Express” is a unique experience right from the start. With no wharf /jetty at Paraparaumu Beach the boat is launched into the sea with our specially raised and modified tractor

At Kapiti Island our ramp is lowered for dry feet boarding and disembarking. 

Where to Start Your Journey

Standard departure time is 8.45am, returning to the beach by 3.00pm. Check in is 15 minutes  before departure. On days with multiple trips departures times may vary, but all visitors have the same length of time on the island (approximately 5 hours). It is a 15 -20 minute trip to the island.  

A Department of Conservation (DOC) permit is required to access the island and payment includes the DOC permit, the return ferry trip, and an introductory talk on the Island. For the DOC permit we do need an address (town, country) the names of all those traveling and we do need  an age indication for all passengers (under 17, 18- 35, 35- 65,65+).

We also need a mobile phone number for the weather check in the morning and for safety on the island. Passengers must phone in at 7.30am on the actual day for a weather check if they have not received a text from us.

Guided walks are also available. Spend the first hour after the Introductory Talk with a guide who will help you find and identify the birds and their calls, point out and explain the special bush features on the island and discuss more of the Island history. Only $12 per person and limited to 8 people per guide.

We cater for individual travelers and groups of different sizes.

Trips to the Island are weather dependent and need to be confirmed on the morning of your trip by calling 0800 433779 between 7:15am and 7:30am if you have not received a text from us.  Before you travel please make sure you have read the DOC Conditions of Entry. It is especially important that food is in sealed bags/containers and that all gear is free of dirt and seeds.

Book Now.

You can book via email bookings@kapitiexplorer.nz or call us on 0800 433 779 or text jenny on 027 6554739

We operate from 1st September to 5th June each year.

Pricing.

Prices Per Person incl GST (includes Doc Permit, Access Fee and Ferry*)* DOC permit and access fees contribute to the ongoing maintenance on Kapiti

 Adult - Rangatira Point  $75.00
 Adult - North End -  Not currently available as coastal track closed during Black Backed Gull breeding season
 $85.00
 Child (5-17 years) - Rangatira Point  $40.00
 Child (5-17 years) - North End, Not Available
 $45.00
 Children under 5 years are free  $00.00
 Schools (Primary & Secondary)  $40.00
 Tertiary Students (with ID)  $65.00
 Guided Walks (Additional)  $12.00

Payment to be made on the day, by either cash or cheque.

Due to heavy demand for seats cancellations with 24 hours of trip will be asked to pay

a 50% cancellation fee (unless we can fill the seat).