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Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience

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Cruise at dusk to Little Glory Bay for an opportunity to encounter wild southern brown kiwi in their natural habitat. Depart Halfmoon Bay, Oban at dusk for a cruise across Paterson Inlet. During the cruise, pass Ulva Island (a predator-free...more
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| Main Wharf, Oban, Stewart Island, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I am from Invercargill and ashamed to admit this is the first visit to Stewart Island in 20 plus years..I wanted to learn as much as possible so asked at The Red shed what they would advise..I was given the Kiwi Night tour and the...More

Thank dawnmackay
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are not many places in NZ offering the unique experience of seeing kiwi's in the wild and Stewart island is the perfect environment. The bush walk was easy and informative and to see two kiwi feeding on the beach was a huge bonus. Thoroughly...More

Thank Paradise826669
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Sally, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Getting out into the wild and viewing kiwi in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience! We are thrilled you experienced that with us. Kind Regards - The Team at...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is amazing, our guides Olly and Johnny were great, So knowledgeable and made the whole experience fun. We saw 2 Kiwi and got some great footage. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to go to Stewart Island.

Thank Karen C
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Karen, Thank you for your recommendation. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to Olly & Johnny. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing time on the trip! Saw: yellow eyed penguin, blue penguin, albatross, brown skua, possum, morepork and 2 kiwi! The presentation was interesting and the staff are super friendly. I can't believe these reviews saying that just because the staff are young they're...More

Thank jesssenior24
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the awesome review! Getting out into the wild and viewing kiwis in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience! We are delighted you experienced this with us. We pride ourselves with our people and so are very happy to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was just an amazing time, from the background lecture to the additional things we saw like deer, albatross, penguins and of course the kiwi. Have to say that I enjoyed the walk through the Forrest and clear moon and star filled sky so much.

Thank Colm C
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Colm, Thank you for sharing your 5 star review. We are thrilled to hear you had a great experience. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great trip run by qualified guides! We left Stewart island at dusk and first reached the edge of a first island where we saw a yellow-eyed penguin (from far though, but since they are super rare, it’s better to leave them in peace!) Then we...More

Thank Laura J
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Laura, Getting out into the wild and viewing kiwi in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience! We are so happy you chose to do it with us. Thank you for your 5 star review and and kind words. We...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018

We went on the first night of the season (September 1) and couldn't have asked for a better experience. Well, I was secretly hoping we'd encounter a sea lion on the beach but it's probably for the best we didn't. The guides demonstrated impressive knowledge,...More

Thank Jenster229
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Jenster, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted to hear you had a stellar experience and our guides displayed the knowledge, passion and respect we share for the wonderful place we call home. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018

Normally when it comes to pre-booked events I am unlucky. It had been a rainy day in Stewart Island and I feared the worst but the weather calmed before our trip, and a beautiful full moon lit our way. Pre boat trip our knowledgeable guide...More

Thank Bokke_on_tour
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for this amazing review. We are absolutely thrilled to see how much you enjoyed this experience. You are absolutely correct in saying that this is nature and not a game park. Everything is run in a way to minimize our impact...More

Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

First time to see kiwi and they are so adorable. Maybe it’s a bit expensive but you also get lots of information from the trip. Highly recommend!!

Thank NicoleChiu
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Nicole, Thank you for the recommendation. Seeing a kiwi in the wild should be on the 'must-do' list for anyone! We are delighted you enjoyed this wonderful experience. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 19 March 2018

There is little point in going to Stewart Island unless you plan to see kiwis. Wild Kiwi Encounter is the perfect choice. Johnny Sharplin is an exceptionally knowledgeable, exceptionally caring guide. He led us through the dark forest, stopping occasionally to point out kiwi calls...More

Thank PraisePhotogrphy
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for posting this review. We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed this trip and to learn how well Johnny looked after you all. We have passed on this feedback to him already! Hope the rest of your time in...More

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