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Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience

Stewart Island, New Zealand
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About Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience
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 sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history. The walk, led by a nature guide, is on a track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. The track emerges on a wide sandy beach and as daylight diminishes, this is where Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. - Departures: Sep - May - Small group: 8 per guide, max 16 per night.
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Francisca M wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand9 contributions1 helpful vote
We really enjoyed this trip. Our guides were great and we managed to find 2 kiwi. One in the bush and another on the beach. The weather was windy but once in the bush this wasn't a problem. As the night sky became clearer we were also able to see the Milky way from the beach. Overall great experience.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi there, thanks for the great review. Sounds like you had a great night searching for kiwis in their native habitat and great to see you managed to spot 2 of them! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay on Stewart Island.
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madfisher44 wrote a review Feb 2021
Papamoa, New Zealand12 contributions3 helpful votes
Our guide found a kiwi on the bush walk at night and then for 45 mins it walked all around us and came so close right up to our feet as we stood perfectly still and quiet. Saw it pull a really long worm up slowly out of the ground so it did not break off. It did not mind the red glow from the guides torch. So magical seeing a kiwi in its natural environment
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Date of experience: February 2021
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NZJ wrote a review Feb 2021
Invercargill, New Zealand234 contributions15 helpful votes
We absolutely loved our trip. I was apprehensive about the amount of walking but I needn’t have been - we spent 2hours doing an almost entirely flat walk out to the beach which only took us 20mins (and not marching by any means) on the way back so that gives you an idea of distance - it’s a very slow pace with lots of pauses to listen for kiwi. We saw 2 kiwi on our trip, one very briefly and one who came very close and was walking around us for quite a while. It was amazing and the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. We left around 8:30pm and were on the boat until sunset so went to an island where we saw some penguins. We also saw albatross and black shags around the little islands. A free cup of tea or coffee was great on the way there and hot chocolate and biscuits on the boat back were very welcome as we didn’t get back until 1:30am. It was a very late night but so worth it, we would recommend to anyone.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Wendy B wrote a review Jan 2021
Dannevirke, New Zealand2 contributions
A couple of nights ago we went out and had the most amazing night. We saw albatross, yellow eyed penguins, seals and 5 or 6 kiwis. Most of the kiwis were in the bush and 1 on the beach. The guides were excellent and very informative. Would highly recommend doing this tour.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Barry S wrote a review Nov 2020
Taupo7 contributions4 helpful votes
I never knew that walking very slowly in the dark could be so exciting! After a cruise around seeing Mollymawk Albatrosses, sea lions and the three types of penguins in the area, as well as pulling into a secluded bay on Ulva Island to listen to the twilight birdsong, we then landed on a remote area to embark on our kiwi search. Grace and Gabriel (who clearly knew their stuff and were excellent guides) split us into 2 groups with Grace leading us at the required snails pace through the bush. It was not long before we came across a lone Kiwi out foraging the darkness. The kiwi stayed with us for 5 minutes or so wandering around our boots illuminated only by the allowable red torch of Grace. Awesome. We continued our search along further tracks and and along an isolated beach with grace using a heat sensor to search out Kiwis and any rouge sea lions! It was along night and we didn’t get back to shore till 1:00am but it was so well worth it. Do it.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience
Responded 18 Nov 2020
"I never knew that walking very slowly in the dark could be so exciting!" - love that line! It really is exciting, always alert, listening for that distinctive noise of a kiwi making its way through the bush searching for food. Delighted to hear how well our team looked after you and that you got to spot a kiwi in its natural habitat. Thanks so much for taking the time to post the five-star review - the team at Stewart Island Experience.
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