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Russell Nature Walks

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6080 Russell Whakapara Road, Russell 0272, New Zealand
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Fun and informative

We took the morning walk with Lisette, who is a great guide, and impressive source of information... read more

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Reviewed 30 April 2018
AntonyG
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Sydney
Excellent Nature Walk

We were very lucky to have the night all to ourselves, Eion was a very informative guide and told... read more

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Reviewed 19 April 2018
gemmablick
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Perth, Australia
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6080 Russell Whakapara Road, Russell 0272, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We took the morning walk with Lisette, who is a great guide, and impressive source of information about the environment and ecology of the area. The walk itself is very easy, and a great introduction to what you'll see if you're planning to do additional...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

We enjoy being able to share our love and knowledge of ecology and conservation and are really pleased you enjoyed your walk. Thanks for your review and for your support. Lisette and Eion

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We were very lucky to have the night all to ourselves, Eion was a very informative guide and told us lots of interesting facts about all the local flora and fauna. We saw Wekas, Wetas, glow worms, an eel and heard many kiwis and owls,...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

It's good to be lucky and when looking for kiwi it is also important to be quiet :-) We are so glad you enjoyed our Night Walk and your encounter with a wild kiwi. Thanks for your review, Eion & Lisette

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Ian took us on a night hike on his property, outfitted with red flash lights we walked all over the trails that Ian knows as well as the Kiwi’s that live there. The night hike by itself is great fun and even better when we...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

We're really pleased you enjoyed our Night Walk AND saw a kiwi. You're right, they can be elusive creatures and it takes real skill to see one in the wild. Thanks for your review, Eion & Lisette

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A very interesting and absorbing evening spent searching for Kiwis and other woodland species. I was glad I went on this walk to finish off a great visit to NZ. The guide was extremely knowledgable and had a very personable style that was informative and...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Hello Colin, we're pleased you enjoyed searching for night-time creatures and that you were rewarded with a kiwi sighting. Thanks for your review, Eion and Lisette

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Fantastic experience. Ian was very knowledgable about wild life. Really enjoyed walking through the bush and listening for kiwis and very pleased we saw several kiwis.

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Seeing and hearing wild kiwi is a very special experience and it was great to share it with you. Thanks for your review, Eion and Lisette

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

What a great adventure! Our guide, Eion, took care of everything and even made us tea from leaves on the path! He was quick to point out wekas, glow worms and other exotic insects, which were all really fun and harmless. We saw two kiwis,...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thanks so much for your review. We're sure other people considering our walk will find your coments very useful. You were lucky to come an exceptional night, with two kiwi being seen. Thanks again, Eion and Lisette

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Our night walk was an outstanding experience. We received a lot of information about Kiwis and other birds and tasted a delicious home-made cup of tea. Thanks for this extraordinary experience.

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for coming on our walk and taking the time to review us. We're very happy you enjoyed the experience. Eion & Lisette

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

We did the nature night walk with our guide Eion, who also owns the property. We really enjoyed the whole experience of being out in the native bush in the dark, with only faint torchlight to guide us. Eion was both enthusiastic and knowledgable about...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

We're really happy you enjoyed seeing a kiwi, hearing the male's call piercing the darkness and learning more about these special creatures. Thanks for coming on our Night Walk and for posting your review. Eion & Lisette

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Great tracks Great views Easy to find and well signed posted. Great bird life. We saw a few wekas foraging in the bush beside the track.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

This is a charming bush walk which starts with a briefing at dusk, followed by 2 very dark and hushed hours gently trekking in a private valley, under the tree canopy. It is for very small groups and is led by an expert host with...More

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RussellNatureWalks, Owner at Russell Nature Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Hi Brod B. We're glad you enjoyed your walk even though you got hungry. Maybe it was the sound of your rumbling stomach that scared off the kiwi :-) Thanks for your review. Eion & Lisette

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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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