This is a rather dramatic rendering of Kapiti Island (KA-pity) off the coat near us at the bottom of New Zealand’s North Island (the real thing is pictured below!). It looks a bit stormy, but it’s a cool place – read on to find out why.
The island is a nature reserve and landing is strictly controlled to ensure the safety of the animals resident on the island. A permit is required to visit via an official tour boat, privately owned boats, canoes, jet-skis, paddleboards, and swimmers are forbidden to land. There are obviouslsy very good reasons for this – the safely of the wildlife there is paramount.
Visitors must wear strong footwear and keep to the designated paths so they do not disturb resident animals. Visitors are also warned that Kaka birds will steal anything from an open bag – they are cheeky birds with powerful beaks!
This time of year visiting Kapiti Island is a popular pastime, so it is recommened you book your trip in advance.