The boat from Paraparaumu only takes 15 mins. It is only a 14 seater water taxi so if the water is not smooth it can get a bit bumpy. We were dropped off at the island with a guide who gave us a 30 min low down on the island and then we had time to ourselves for a few hours. As it turned out we were only only 2 to be dropped off which was bliss to have that bit of the island to ourselves. We walked the Wilkinson track to the summit and saw pretty well all of the forest birds that we could have seen.
We were picked up on time and the ride back was quite a bit rougher as the wind had got up. The captain took that into consideration and slowed down but when we "docked" on the cradle trailer there was a mistiming and we rammed the trailer instead of slotting into the cradle. It was a big jolt that hurt my fiancee's back.
Would do it again anytime
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