NZ ISLAND (20) : Kapiti

Kapiti Island is not only beautiful but one of the most easily accessible island nature reserves in NZ. It is about 5 km (3 mi) off the west coast of the lower North Island of New Zealand (a 15min boat ride offshore from Paraparaumu Beach). Separated from the mainland by the Rauoterangi channel. It is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) long, and roughly 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide. A magnificient bush-covered sanctuary; home to a number of rare and near-extinct birds.