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Kiwi Wilderness Walks

Queenstown, New Zealand
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Guided walk across Stewart Island with the chance to see a kiwi in the wild.
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stefanvillunger wrote a review Apr 2016
Innsbruck, Austria1 contribution
My girlfriend and I did this trip through a famil set up by her company and it was a blast! Ivan our guide was one of the nicest people I've met and told me a lot about the Island. The trip started in Masons Bay which is on the far west side of the Island. It's a beautiful place! Not just do a bunch of Kiwis hang out there but there are sand dunes everywhere it's breathtaking. There are a lot of sandflies there to though. Anyway, after spending the night there and getting probably one of my best meals in New Zealand, we went on to freshwater hut, which is about a 4-5 hour hike inland. From there we took a watertaxi to Oban which is overrun by the most adorable parrots ever the Kakas. They will actually eat out of your hand but you're not supposed to feed them. All in all the trip was great. With a lot of breathtaking views and interesting facts about Stewart Island it was probably one of my favorite things to do in New Zealand. Do recommend!
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Date of experience: January 2016
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AmandaPressly wrote a review Jan 2016
Rotorua, New Zealand116 contributions26 helpful votes
My partner and I did the Stewart Island trip and had an amazing time. The flight in was beyond cool - flying over the island and landing on the beach! We hiked around the sand dunes and explored the beach looking for whale vomit (apparently you can get a lot of money for it?). We had an awesome guide, Ivan, who taught us about the natural and human history of the areas we ventured through. The stay in Oban was awesome, we had kakas on our back porch literally eating out of our hands! The venture to Ulva Island was probably my favorite part - seeing the cool birds and restoration progress was super amazing. We met a weka, saw yellow heads, saddle backs, parakeets and even a kiwi! I highly recommend using Kiwi Wilderness Walks for a guided tour around the island!
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Date of experience: January 2016
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Alime12 wrote a review May 2015
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We had told Evan, the owner of kiwi wilderness walks that we were interested In doing a walk near the viaducts and Port Craig, plus going to Stewart Island. He organised for three of us a trip from Tuatapere to Lake Hauroko to jet boat across and down the river to the sea. Stayed at Waitutu Lodge and Then walked to Te Wae Wae beach. , staying at Port Craig one night. We flew in a small Cesna from the beach across to Mason Bay on Stewart island. A wonderful flight. Had two nights at Mason Bay ,then walked across to Freshwater to get a boat to Halfmoon Bay, where we spent two days. Our guide , Chrissy, cooked us great meals and let us walk at our pace. It was quite expensive but we had a great time in a part of NZ very few people see.
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Date of experience: February 2015
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Anna H wrote a review Mar 2015
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions3 helpful votes
A long held dream became reality thanks to Kiwi Wilderness Walks. A solo traveller fit 61yr old I did not feel capable of tackling a challenging Stewart Island walk on my own. From initial contact with Pamela at Kirra Holidays based in Adelaide to my completing the walk this evening the whole process a delight. Very special thanks to Evan Bloomfield who made the dream a reality. Next trip in the planning for 2016.
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Date of experience: March 2015
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Lorri W wrote a review Jan 2015
Northern Alberta76 contributions38 helpful votes
We have just returned from the four day Stewart Island t=our and can't speak too highly of the whole experience. It was a great combination of luxury (Victoria Railway Hotel in Invercargill) with the basics of a DOC hut at Mason Bay. The hiking was also a reasonable level for reasonably fit people. Our guide, Chrissy, had the skills and knowledge, but also the awareness that sometimes people could manage on their own as well. If you are looking for a chance to explore Stewart Island (and I can't imagine coming to New Zealand and not doing so), and don't have the time, skills or inclination to do the 10 day circuit trek, then this tour is for you.
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Date of experience: January 2015
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