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Devaflam wrote a review Nov 2018
Chester, United Kingdom174 contributions42 helpful votes
We went out with Philip Smith if Bravo Cruises as part of a wildlife package. He is genuinely interested in the marine mammals and birds around the island. With his help we saw so many - including three skuas attacking a prion, giant petrels, albatross and all three types of penguin, including one sun bathing. A magical trip.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Craig-World-Travelle wrote a review Nov 2018
Agoura Hills, California1836 contributions543 helpful votes
Went with a tour group on a pelagic birding trip. Boat ride was nice and saw lots of different varieties of birds, penguins and seals. The captain knew all the birds and had some fish to attract them. Cruised by several islands and saw penguins and seals. Boat was very comfortable and plenty of room to move around with our group of 12. It was a great trip.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Jan M wrote a review Oct 2016
Cobram, Australia73 contributions27 helpful votes
The kiwi spotting tour was the highlight of our Stewart Island experience. To hear kiwi calls as we walked through the scrub in the dark and to see wild kiwi quietly foraging on an island beach is unforgettable. Skipper Phil & guide Mat impressed with their in depth knowledge of the area, kiwi habitat & kiwi habits. They are obviously dedicated to & passionate about preserving the Stewart Island kiwis. This no frills trip is an honest " all about the kiwi" experience. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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NikWellington wrote a review Apr 2016
Queenstown, New Zealand54 contributions12 helpful votes
If you really need to see kiwi in the wild in NZ, then these guys will almost certainly lead you to them. This little night time adventure across the inlet to a remote beach is delightful. The close-up experience of wild kiwi fossicking the beach at night is rare indeed and very special. The boat cruise there and back offers a variety of sights and points of interest. Excellent professional team, experienced guides and an all round great excursion.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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chrisatholly55 wrote a review Mar 2016
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom213 contributions94 helpful votes
Booked this trip well in advance. You have to ring up Phil to find out which day he is going out - depends on the weather etc. We got to the boat early and found a seat inside. There were about 15 people on board as well as our guide, Greg. We set off about 8.30pm. sailed across the Paterson inlet to a jetty where we disembarked. Phil gave us a talk on the Kiwi and then provided us with torches. We had to follow the guide through a forest trail which was steep in places and a bit rough underfoot - you had to be careful of the tree roots. After quite a walk in the dark we came to a beach. Greg told us to switch off our torches and follow him. We had quite a long trek along the beach until we found a kiwi feeding. It was quite an exciting sight seeing a rare bird such as the Kiwi quietly feeding and oblivious of our presence. Greg allowed photos to be taken but no flash. We were on the beach about half an hour.The beach was beautiful - you could hear the waves hitting the seashore and the sky was full of stars. Greg took good care of us and pointed out things of interest. Going back in the dark I was lucky enough to spot a brown possum staring out of the undergrowth. Back on board we were offered a hot drink before returning to Oban. The trip back was about 35 minutes and we docked about 11.30pm. A great trip but do take warm clothes and good walking shoes.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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