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Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience

| Main Wharf, Oban, Stewart Island, New Zealand
+64 3-212 7660
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An awesome experience

Normally when it comes to pre-booked events I am unlucky. It had been a rainy day in Stewart Island... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Bokke_on_tour
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Birmingham / Cape Town
Extraordinary experience

First time to see kiwi and they are so adorable. Maybe it’s a bit expensive but you also get lots... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
NicoleChiu
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Te Anau, New Zealand
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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 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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| Main Wharf, Oban, Stewart Island, New Zealand
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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

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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

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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!!

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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

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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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Reviewed 27 February 2018

If you're interested in seeing a kiwi this is a must do trip. It was unlike anything we'd experienced. Johnny was our guide. He was knowledgeable and helpful. He was able to locate a kiwi on the beach that we followed for well over half...More

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

Hi there! Thanks for posting this awesome review. Johnny will be delighted to read your feedback. We trust you enjoyed the rest of your time on Stewart Island and hope to see you again. Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

This trip is a great experience if you’re interested in wildlife. Our guide ‘Jonny’ was very knowledgable and obviously passionate about kiwis so it was great to listen to the very informative introductory talk before the cruise. Once on the boat we saw albatross before...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

These guys are careful not to promise that you will see a Kiwi and we were lucky and we did. It is a very cool experience but we did not appreciate that we would return as late as we did - 1.30am! That being said...More

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

The tour started with a 30-minute presentation with facts about the kiwi. We then hopped on the boat and sailed to some nearby islands where we spotted penguins and other interesting birdlife. The sunset in Half-Moon Bay was amazing! We then went ashore to look...More

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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Hi there and thanks for the amazing review. We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed this wonderful experience. Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

This was a disapointing night with no views of kiwi - mainly because of unexperienced guides with bad field skills. Listening for the kiwi walking on the ground is essential to find these birds, but our guide did not even once take her time to...More

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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are disappointed to receive this low rating. We will definitely pass your comments onto the team however failing to see a kiwi on this trip is the exception, rather than the rule,...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

I had no idea what to expect when I did this trip other than knowing that this was the best way to see a kiwi in the wild. Despite the bad weather making visibility and listening difficult, we kept to our guides and in the...More

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

Kia Ora and thanks for the review. We are delighted you experienced this trip with us despite not really knowing what it entailed. Seeing a kiwi in the wild should be on the 'must-do' list for anyone! Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

I went on this trip last Saturday night. Arrived and it was a full group - oh no I thought. But we were split into 2 groups for the walk but before we went on a cruise to look for wildlife, so much to see...More

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