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    Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter
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    Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter
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    Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter

Wild Kiwi Encounter

10 September 2017

Wild kiwi encounter

This was one of the highlights of our holidays in Australia and New Zealand over the last 2 years. We did see kiwi on the beach and in the bush as well as an excellent view of the Milky Way. Go prepared for all types of weather. We had lightning and a brief hailstorm as well as clear skies in the same trip!!

StellaWilkie, Brisbane, Australia via TripAdvisor

15 June 2017

Magical experiences!

I cannot recommend this enough! Saw three kiwis and a very over excited sea lion too. The whole thing was just great- an amazing walk through the woods in the dark, spotting a kiwi on the beach, getting so close to it that if we wanted we could have touched it, watching for 10 or 15 minutes as it caught bugs and dug in the sand.
The guides were fantastic, really knowledgeable, organised friendly and you could really tell how much they loved the birds. We spent ages after the tour chatting to them about the birds and the other wildlife, and it was lovely to hear all their stories. The guides were what made the trip so good! Would 100% recommend.

LemonPip14 via TripAdvisor

16 April 2017

Kiwi encounter

We had about 16 passengers in our group with two guides. When we arrived at the location we split into two groups. Almost immediately from the boat the guide sensed that there was a Kiwi close at hand so she let our group slowly through the forest. When we entered the beach she scanned the area for sea lions so we wouldn't be in danger. After 20 minutes of walking down the beach we came across a Kiwi foraging for a meal. We stayed with the Kiwi for at least 20 more minutes and got the 2nd group to share the wonder. After we left the beach and were walking back to the boat in the forest we spotted another Kiwi walking down our path.
It was a marvelous night of discovery.

Visited April 2017

David C via TripAdvisor

29 March 2017

Magical experience

This trip was a treat. We were very lucky to be able to follow a kiwi along the beach as it fed off sand hoppers and then it drank from a fresh water stream.  It was completely oblivious to our presence and because we could spread out in a line on the beach everybody could get a great view.  Our encounter lasted at least 30 minutes. Our group was very well behaved and quiet.  The guides Maia and Jos were both very informative and enthusiastic.

Visited March 2017

Jane B, Levin, NZ via TripAdvisor

11 February 2017

We loved this!

Prepare to spend 4 or more hours outside, perhaps rather cold and damp. Our wonderful guides found several kiwis for us to watch as they fed near the beach. It was a thrill to see them, particularly since one was within a few feet of our group. The kiwis were pretty much oblivious to us, as long as we kept very still and quiet, very intent on getting their night's worth of bugs. We were surprised at how large and fluffy they are.

Visited February 2017

Judy P, Caineville, Utah, USA via TripAdvisor

2 December 2016

Wild Kiwis

The night excursion was a full success. The staff very well prepared, knowledgeable hostile. The outing was relaxed, no rush and we returned well after midnight. The way is partially muddy, bring good shoes and binoculars not necessary.

Visited December 2016

Hanni R, Punakaiki, NZ via TripAdvisor

25 November 2016

Surreal and magical

I have no words to explain the wild kiwi encounter! Very surreal – currently basking in a post kiwi glow (that is a thing).

We hadn’t been on the track for long and a kiwi came up to one of the ladies in our tour group and nibbled at her shoes. We all got to watch and then it scampered off into the bushes. We thought that was it and then it came back for a second nibble!! Followed by it strolling (like a rock star) through the group and back into the bushes. It doesn’t even sound (or seem real) but that happened and I’m slightly jealous that Stewart Island locals see kiwis on such a weekly basis ........
Definitely a must try when you're in Southland!!

Visited November 2016

PenelopeHayes via TripAdvisor


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