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Russell Nature Walks

6080 Russell Whakapara Road, Russell 0272, New Zealand
+64 27 908 2334
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Amazing Experience!

Had such a great time! We got to see two Kiwis + heard many in the forest. Eion was fantastic... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jacobson_jen
A wonderful discovery

A fabulous night walk with Ian enabled us to creep along the bush track and see the Wikas and glow... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Russell Nature Walks offers short, easy day-time walks & night walks in a Private Forest Reserve near Russell (Bay Of Islands). This is one of the last habitats of two rare birds - weka & kiwi. With your knowledgeable guide you can see & hear NZ birds, learn about native plants & their uses, hunt for Weta, & view glow worms at night. Join us for a 'Forest Ecology Walk' or a 'Night Walk'.
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“bush tea” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6080 Russell Whakapara Road, Russell 0272, New Zealand
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+64 27 908 2334

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had such a great time! We got to see two Kiwis + heard many in the forest. Eion was fantastic - Highly recommend. I would certainly do it again next time I'm up in Russell.

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We look forward to seeing you again! Thanks for your review and for your enthusiasm for native wildlife. Eion & Lisette

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A fabulous night walk with Ian enabled us to creep along the bush track and see the Wikas and glow worms and listen to the Moreporks calling, both adult and juvenile. We sat and enjoyed a cup,of bush tea enjoying only the sounds of nature...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Yes, it really is wonderful that you saw the kiwi chick - they're busy little creatures and its a special experience to see one in the wild. As you know, our Night Walk isn't only about kiwi so it's great that you enjoyed the entire...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We so enjoyed this evening walk with a local, very knowledgeable New Zealand nature lover. Eoin spent some time talking with us about New Zealand plants, birds, and wild life. Once darkness fell, we set out trekking through a beautiful fern forested area. Besides some...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It really is magical in the bush at night. We're very happy you enjoyed your walk and that you've taken away some special memories. I'll make sure I pass your comments on to Eion. Thanks for your review, Lisette

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were thrilled to be able to see a 10 day old kiwi chick which we all thought was fantastic. We were a group of two parents, one 15 year old (who LOVED it - she is a bit of a naturey, leafy type of...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We see adult kiwi quite often but it's very hard to see a chick because they're small and quiet, so I was just as thrilled as you. But, our Night Walk is not only about kiwi so we're happy you and your family enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Absolutely fantastic night time nature walk! Eoin was a brilliant guide and so informative! Very interesting tour and would highly recommend! A very different experience and very enjoyable.

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2017

Thanks so much for your review. Eion prides himself on providing a special experience and hsaring his knowledge of the bush so he will be very happy to know he's succeeding. Lisette

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

We did a night walk and it was a cool experience. The forest was beautiful in the dark with a lot of glow worms. We even saw a kiwi. It feelt like we learned a lot about the wildlife and native birds.

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2017

We're very happy you enjoyed the magic of being in the bush at night and seeing a kiwi. Thanks for your "cool" review. Eion & Lisette

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

We got a really godd welcome at Russell Nature Walks. The small groups made it possible for us to learn a lot about the birds and it was an amazing experience to walk in the forest when it was dark. We even got lucky to...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2017

"Extraordinary"! You chose a very goods word to describe seeing a kiwi because there is nothing ordinary about those special birds. We're very glad you enjoyed your walk. Thankyou for your review. Lisette & Eion

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

We joined the after-dark forest walk and heard (but didn't see) kiwi, saw glowworms, and learned much about NZ's natural ecosystem. Groups are kept small, and given very specific instructions on how to trek quietly to avoid scaring shy kiwi; despite this, our group was...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

We're glad you enjoyed your walk, heard kiwi and learned more about NZ willdlife. Unfortunately we do occasionally have guests who make more noise than we would like but this is not limited to a particular age (or gender or nationality) so we can't "screen"...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Informative and interesting experience of Northland wildlife, we saw birds and insects, including weka and weta, overall a great introduction to the local flora and forna.More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Thanks for your review. It's always a pleasure to introduce keen and interested people to the New Zealand bush. You might be interested to know that the pair of weka at the hut have another chick - probably their last for the season. Lisette &...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

Enjoyable, relaxed, fun informative night walk with Eion where we learnt about and got to see kiwis, weka, weta and glow-worms. We are full of admiration and respect for the work that Eion does in protecting kiwis and their habitat and wish him every success...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Thankyou for your lovely review and for supporting our work by coming on a walk with us. You'll be pleased to know we're expecting another kiwi chick to hatch in the New Year (check out our Facebook page for updates). Eion

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Roman0725
23 January 2018|
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Response from RussellNatureWalks | Property representative |
Hello, Our Night Walk begins at sunset, which is at around 610pm on 5th April. The walk costs $60 per adult. For more information and to make a booking, go to our website. Regards, Lisette and Eion
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garygray2015
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Response from RussellNatureWalks | Property representative |
Hello Gary, I'm glad you've heard good things about us. Your cruise ship will run tenders to Paihia. From Paihia you can take a passenger ferry to Russell - it leaves every 20 minutes, takes 15 minutes, costs about $7pp... More
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