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Beaks and Feathers

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Stewart Island, New Zealand
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About Beaks and Feathers
Experience the unique beauty of Ulva Island and Stewart Island while going for a guided walk with Beaks and Feathers. Be entranced by abundant and colourful birdlife and the impressive forest of Ulva Island. Be taken in with the old charm of Stewart Island, and experience local walks or parts of the Rakiura Track. Beaks and Feathers specialise in small groups for a better experience
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545ceciliab wrote a review Apr 2022
Hamilton, New Zealand8 contributions
Absolutely great experience on our night Kiwi spotting excursion. We went during a drought season when the Kiwi are even more elusive, but our guide managed to find one and we observed it for some time, just magical! Beaks and Feathers accomodated our trip on very short notice and the customer service is excellant. Our guide Ange was just the best, she is passionate about conservation and these magical little brown birds!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Angela K, Owner at Beaks and Feathers
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks so much for your awesome review. And for being understanding about the kiwi taking a bit longer to find than normal due to the drought we were in. We may see you again some day 😊
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BalquhidderLass wrote a review Feb 2022
25 contributions3 helpful votes
Would thoroughly recommend experienced local guide Ange. She guided us on a magical nighttime Kiwi spotting experience and also a very informative morning trip to Ulva Island.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Response from Angela K, Owner at Beaks and Feathers
Responded 1 Mar 2022
Thanks for your great review and for coming on both Kiwi Spotting and an Ulva Island Guided Walk with Beaks and Feathers. We are happy you enjoyed your time spent with us :)
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JoanieV1969 wrote a review Jan 2022
Auckland, New Zealand62 contributions29 helpful votes
Magical morning.....got up at 4am to go kiwi spotting.... being a dark night sanctuary, we saw stars, the milky way and a shooting star ♡♡ then we saw 2 male kiwis fighting over their territory, before seeing 6 more kiwis....burrowing their beaks in the soil for food and wriggling their bums 🤣 finally dad came over & bundled up baby kiwi to take it to bed before the dawn light & the bird song started... 😍 Our tour was with Ange, highly recommend!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from Angela K, Owner at Beaks and Feathers
Responded 29 Jan 2022
Thanks for your great review Joan, and thanks for getting up so early in the morning to experience kiwi at my most favourite time of the day. The stars and dawn chorus just finished the whole morning off :)
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Christel M wrote a review Jan 2022
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions3 helpful votes
We went on a Kiwi Spotting tour with Jonny last night and it was… absolutely amazing! Jonny is NOT one of those guides that just spit out the same rehearsed speech, he is really passionate about kiwis and just kept answering all out questions. He knows each Kiwi family and their territory. Over the course of 1.5 hours, he spotted 7 kiwis (one of his best nights ever apparently). Kiwis just kept popping out of the bush one after the other! The night was also calm, relatively warm and cloudless, making the sky above us look absolutely magical. Jonny, we’ll remember this night for the rest of our lives, thank you.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from Angela K, Owner at Beaks and Feathers
Responded 28 Jan 2022
Thanks for your great review Christel. We are glad you enjoyed your time kiwi spotting with Johnny, who is an asset for the Beaks and Feathers team. Sounds like you had a very successful night too seeing 7 kiwi!
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kirstengibson wrote a review Dec 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand6 contributions1 helpful vote
We did the Nighttime Kiwi Spotting Tour with Mel. Mel was an amazing tour guide, informative and enthusiastic. I would like to say Mel was the star of the night, but her awesomeness was surpassed by the 4 kiwi stars - including the noisy ones. Was such a highlight of our time on Rakiura that I would definitely recommend
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from Angela K, Owner at Beaks and Feathers
Responded 7 Dec 2021
Hi Kirsten Thanks for your awesome review. I have passed it onto Mel, who as you say is an amazing enthusiastic guide. Beaks and Feathers are very fortunate to have her on our kiwi spotting team. As for the kiwi.....arent they just the coolest creatures around. A bit clumsy at times, but they are super accomdating and dont mind being the star of the show. :)
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