Story: Wellington region

Kāpiti Island

Kapiti Island

Kāpiti Island is one of New Zealand’s most important nature reserves. As early as 1870 it was identified as a possible site for a bird sanctuary, and in 1897 the government set it aside for this purpose. Much of the 20th century was spent ridding Kāpiti of pests such as possums and rats. This was finally achieved in 1996, when the island was declared predator-free. This view from the mainland shows the eastern face of the island at dusk.

Using this item

Private collection
Photograph by Chris Maclean

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015