Kapiti Island visitor fees to be reduced

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has reduced Kapiti Island permit fees.

Kapiti Coast and Kapiti Island
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has reduced Kapiti Island permit fees from NZ$28.75 to NZ$10 per adult, with a waiver of fees for children aged 17 and under.

DOC commissioned a review to address the steady decline in the number of visitors to Kapiti Island in recent years. Only 402 people visited the Kapiti, the country’s oldest sanctuary, last January, massively down on the January 2013 figure of 1569.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith has asked DOC to develop a charter with the island’s tour operators to provide a shared vision on the Kapiti Island experience. “The charter needs to ensure tight adherence with the biosecurity requirements, improved experiences for visitors, increased accessibility and a more collaborative approach to marketing the experience,” he says.

www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/wellington-kapiti/kapiti/kapiti-island-nature-reserve/