Day 6: Kapiti Coast to Wellington

This morning we go on a boat trip to Kapiti Island, a nature reserve hosting some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds. Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is ten kilometres long and two kilometres wide. Visitor numbers are strictly limited – access is only by licensed launch and a landing permit is required. Here, you can see numerous kākā (forest parrots) and the takahē, which is threatened on the mainland, as well as other endemic birds. If the weather is good, you can see the South Island from the viewpoint here. In the afternoon we return to the mainland and continue on to the capital of New Zealand, Wellington. This evening we have a guided tour of Zealandia Ecosanctuary, an urban sanctuary where rare native species are flourishing in the wild. With a little luck, we may see the kiwi, an endangered flightless bird and the unofficial national emblem of New Zealand.

Meals: B, L