Ngati Toa Kapiti ToursToa Kapiti Tours
The operators include Ngati Toa Kapiti Tours and Kapiti Explorer and Tours. Kapiti Island Nature Reserve includes the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve. One of the famous Kapiti Island Nature Tours.
The only Maoris trip to the islands of Ngati Toa Kapiti - Review of Kapiti Iceland Nature Tours, Paraparaumu, New Zealand
It was a nice adventure and soon we realized that Kapiti Iceland is also a nice refuge where you can relax in the magnificent area. Indigenous birdlife is what you don't see or here on the mainland. Bushwalking has a great story, and at the northern end of the archipelago we have made our hikes light - you go as far as you want.
There is a great view of all the local shrubs and the beaches around. The next hike will take us to the other end of Rangatira to return to the northern end of the Isle. You can have either a boxed or boiled meal for the outing.
I had a great boiled dinner and will definitely return to the village as the first Kapiti-goer. Took a disappointment at the "lush birdlife". No forewarning that the stroll was hard and Mama (83) and my mate both fought. I had a kiwifruit in the wilderness, together with other fowl, so what could be better than a night in the captain's cabin with a kiwifruit stroll?
Bushwalks, birdlife, panoramic vistas and swimming, balanced by tasty cuisine and cosy cots - and above all the local residents who made this trip possible, and so very particular. Have you been on Kapiti Iceland Nature Tours?
Kiwifruit and caca on Kapiti Island
There' s only one scenario where you won't care if your alarms go off while it's still dusk outside - and then you'll have the word one of these days on Kapiti Island in front of you! Arrived at the Paraparaumu launch pad, we were welcomed by the proprietor of Kapiti Island Nature Tours, John Barrett, and his nephew Minnie.
We had a little shift of plans and were on our way to the isle on Ng?ti Toa's boot, and not on her own one. We have had our handbags thoroughly inspected as Kapiti Iceland is a protected area free of pests and predators and our boots have been sterilized before boarding the cat.
I&Son were the last to go on the ship, which means that we had the best views from the back of the ship when we left Paraparaumu for the Isle. The 20 minutes drive across the 5 km long canal took us to Rangatira Flat on Kapiti Isle. Along the shore to the cabin where we received our short introduction from our tour leader for the afternoon, Andy.
Following a short story of the isle (!) Andy sketched the most important ones being not to give the bird food (and when we saw the puku on the Kerero, we could understand why!). It was a good and good thing from a man's point of view, but the poultry had another notion, especially the caca.
Andy could recognize the different cries of the bird world and we soon learned how to recognize them and what the different cries mean, and the behavior of the bird. Soon we even spotted fowls (which shows how good a schoolteacher Andy was!), and learned to look upwards rather than downwards, which so many of us do when they walk through the outback.
Along the way we paused several places when we saw or listened to many of the bird species to see them in their dens. Since there are no carnivores on the islands, the bird can wander freely and is accustomed to people. So in love with the caca, we were a little shocked when he landed right on Simon's rucksack and worked on opening the zippers - exactly what Andy was telling us they would like to do!
At her suggestion not to feed the fowls, Simon softly shaken the naughty caca off and flown away to await another innocent bystander. They were eager to look at our rucksacks and hang around the picnics but everyone was very much conscious of what Andy had said in her previous shortbrief.
Back we relaxing at the table in front of the cabin and chatting with some of the other tourists of the isle. We stayed at the chalet where we would be that night and they enthusiastically shared the delicacies that were waiting for us. To stand on the bank, to say good-bye to a ship full of boats and to know that we had this whole little village to ourselves for the while.
and Amo is his sis. Amo' s been living on the isle for years - it's her home. On the 400 meters to the chalet Manaaki gave us the story of his stay on the isle, which has been in the hands of the whole community for over 140 years.
Arrived in the shelter, the singing of the bird in the nearby tree was overpowering. MANAAZAKI and Andy cautioned us never to go outside with dinner, otherwise we would find that it does not reach all the way to the lips, but to the kaka and Wekas running around outside.
Jumping on the quads to get to the north point and Manaaki's hidden place to find the city. On Kapiti Iceland you will certainly not go starving if the Barrett's take care of you! I' m not going to say everything here, but it's enough to say that this is a Kapiti Iceland blooded Kraitiakitanga - her kaitiak titanga of the Iceland is evident to everyone.
It was a difficult period in the story of the archipelago, when three ermines were found on the formerly predator-free isle. They acted quickly and immediately, with DOC, rats and volonteers crossing every part of the isle. However, they reached the isle through a tree trunk that was driven down by the river Waikanae and through the 5 km long canal.
Even more this theorem was deepened when seamen were filming a opossum on a tree trunk in the sea near the isle. (Thank God the currents took it in the other direction). And Andy waved at us and as we were squatting on the floor, we found ourselves facing a Little spotted kiwi.
Before Manaaki had told us that although more than 1200 kiwis lived on the islands, they all had an area of about 2 acres. On the way to the north of the isle we went quiet so that we couldn't bother any other kiwis we might have discovered.
Manaaki pulled us over as he reached out his hands with a getko that are predominant on this part of the peninsula. The next day, on the way to the lunch break at the lunchroom, I came across half of the residents of takah? who were in the guest house.
Amo and Manaaki were the only ones left on the outback. As we all drove away, we beckoned back to Manaaki and Amo and wished in secret that we would be as priviledged as they were to call this lovely little isle home.
Many thanks to John and all of Kapiti Island Nature Tours who were there.