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Get off the beaten track and discover New Zealand’s third island - unspoilt, tranquil and stunning. Rakiura Stewart Island is the perfect holiday escape.
Stewart Island, New Zealand

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907JLeMay
Anchorage, AK169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This adventure was exciting! We took a scenic boat ride over to Tribal land and hiked through the woods at night from 10 pm to 12 am. We were fortunate and saw a couple kiwis. One was unfazed and spent about 20 minutes with us.
Written 29 February 2024
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Robin M
Smiths Falls, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Our guides were excellent and made the whole adventure exciting. On the boat we spotted a rare penguin and other birds. They offered binoculars during the boat trip and torches/flashlights for the trek through the bush on our kiwi hunt. We saw 4 kiwi which was very exciting. We rather felt like thrives in the night the way we had to be so quiet, it was a hoot! A great time, glad we spent the money.
Written 25 February 2024
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Mary M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Many thanks for the great day. Thanks to the skipper for the boat ride, Sarah and Jan for the tour on the island. It was great to see the seals and Mick for his strong 💪 getting us on and off the boat ☺️
Written 21 February 2024
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Thank you for your kind words and feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great day on Ulva Island. We'll be sure to pass along your appreciation to Sarah, Jan, and the rest of the team. We truly appreciate your visit and hope to welcome you back for more adventures in the future!
Written 22 February 2024
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Olivia L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We had the best time on this tour! We saw kiwis and lots of other wildlife on the boat part of the tour, the guides were so engaging and had so much knowledge of the animals and local area including cultural history! The hot drinks and biscuits was such a lovely touch as well! Would recommend bringing lots of layers as was chilly even in summer!
Written 21 February 2024
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We're thrilled to hear that you had the best time on the Wild Kiwi Encounter and that you were able to spot some wild kiwis, along with other wildlife. It's fantastic to know that our guides provided engaging commentary and shared their extensive knowledge of the animals and local area with you. Thank you for sharing your great experience with us!
Written 22 February 2024
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Rojoooo
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We saw penguins, seals, sea lions, albatross, pied shags and kiwis!! The guides could not have been more accommodating or enthusiastic. Really worth the money in my opinion. My only advice would be take lots and lots of warm clothes and layers as the weather changes very quickly even in summer.
Written 20 February 2024
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Thank you for sharing your incredible experience with us! It sounds like you had a truly memorable adventure, spotting such a diverse array of wildlife including some wild kiwis! We're thrilled to hear that our guides provided excellent service and enthusiasm throughout your tour. We appreciate your visit and hope to welcome you back for more kiwi encounters in the future!
Written 22 February 2024
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cremeblanche
Canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well organized tour with penguin, sea lion and seal watching from a boat, free coffee/chocolate/tea and easy guided night walk where we saw two kiwis. There is additional layers and jackets on the boat if you feel i
like you are not warm or dry enoughY
Written 13 February 2024
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Thank you for recommending the Wild Kiwi Encounter as a must-do experience on Stewart Island! We're thrilled to hear that you managed to observe two kiwis in their natural habitat.
Written 22 February 2024
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PerthRJB
Perth, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We flew to Stewart Island for a very short stay (only 5 hours) and chose the bus tour to fit as much in as possible in a short time. Our group was small, and we received very personal service from the guide/driver. Rhys was very informative and entertaining. He had a real working history of the settlement and island. He pointed out all the local attractions and things to do on such a short visit. What a ripper bloke! The tour unfolded stunning panorama after panorama. Highly recommended!
Written 11 February 2024
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us! It's fantastic to hear that you made the most of your short stay on Stewart Island. We're thrilled that Rhys provided you with informative and entertaining commentary, showcasing his deep knowledge and passion for the island's history and attractions. We truly appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back for more exploration and unforgettable experiences in the future!
Written 22 February 2024
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Mary D
Sacramento, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a great tour! It was raining cats and dogs but Di still managed to be entertaining and informative. We loved learning about the island’s history.
Written 9 February 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour despite the rainy weather. Di is indeed an exceptional guide, and we're glad that her entertaining and informative commentary added to your experience.
Written 22 February 2024
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Tim S
Tucson, AZ11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Absolutely worth the effort and the cost. We saw albatross, seals, and penguins on the way out, then spent 20 minutes watching a kiwi in the wild. He (our guides thought it was a "he") wasn't bothered by us except when one of the party tried to take a flash picture. But he settled down, and ended up working right past us. He checked my pant legs for grubs and worms, but I didn't have any, to my relief and his disappointment. If you want to see the animals native to New Zealand, this should be at the top of your list. I've been to New Zealand 12 times, and this is an expedition I'll continue to remember, and probably try again, despite the effort of getting to Rakiura
Written 6 February 2024
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Thank you for sharing your incredible experience with us! It sounds like you had a truly memorable encounter with New Zealand's native wildlife, from albatrosses and seals to penguins and kiwis. It's fantastic to know that despite the effort of getting to Rakiura, this expedition left such a lasting impression on you. We're honoured to have been a part of your journey, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable adventure in the future!
Written 22 February 2024
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DbacksFn
Tucson, AZ409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a fantastic trip. As folks have said, Natasha and Karen were wonderful guides. We walked for 2 hrs and watched a kiwi for about 20 min as he rooted around for food. He even checked out my husband's pant leg.
This was the highlight of our 2+ week to NZ.
Written 1 February 2024
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Wild Kiwi Encounter! We're thrilled to hear that you were able to observe a kiwi in its natural habitat for as long as 20 minutes - and that they seemed to have had a soft spot for your husband's pants. We will be sure to pass on your kind words about Natasha and Karen on to them. Thank you for choosing RealNZ, we hope to welcome you back for more adventures in the future!
Written 22 February 2024
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