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Okarito Kiwi Tours

53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4330
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Amazing kiwis!

We met Ian in the afternoon for a chat and briefing and then met him at the start of the walk at... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Erpingham, United Kingdom
Amazing experience

Several people described these tours, so I don't repeat that. Know what to expect, and only go, if... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Muliple Award Winners Okarito Kiwi Tours takes you deep into kiwi habitat looking for one of the rarest birds in the world.We are the only licenced operators on the South Island of New Zealand.We give you an impressive 98% chance of seeing a kiwi in the wild.
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53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4330
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We met Ian in the afternoon for a chat and briefing and then met him at the start of the walk at 8pm. We walked for only about 10 minutes and before long Ian had located a nest burrow and before long we were lucky...More

Thank JandD681
Reviewed 6 days ago

Several people described these tours, so I don't repeat that. Know what to expect, and only go, if you are really prepared and ready to... do nothing for hours! If you can stand that, it's absolutely amazing, what you hopefully can witness! We were lucky...More

Thank Rinrintin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic views of one of the rarest birds on the planet, made possible thanks to great guiding and excellent field skills by the guide, Ian. Recommended!

Thank Terje K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ian made a fantastic job. Ian told us a lot information about Kiwis and you get the feeling that Ian is the Kiwi Expert. Well equiped we started the tour. The group was very silence and therefore we had the opportunity to the Kiwi Jolene....More

Thank Lothar F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will arrive at the office. Meet your group for the night and start an induction. There's some public toilets by the lake front and id advise popping to them before starting. We didn't but i have to say despite the fact i started the...More

1  Thank james p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just had an amazing Kiwi-tour this night! Met Jolene (sweet 20 year-old girl) on the track just about 2 metres in front of us and then watched her gallop along the path. Awesome Kiwi-sauce!

Thank xmaievx
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Ian was brilliant, he turned a group of strangers into a tight team - and we were all part of the real experience of finding a kiwi in the wild. We were lucky enough to see two, and hear them snuffling around together. Amazing experience!

1  Thank Amy H
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Unbelievable experience! Ian was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, he skilfully located two kiwis, then all we had to do was wait for them to emerge from the bush :) thanks for a great trip Ian we won’t forget that in a hurry!

1  Thank 493Patricia
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

What a privilege to see a kiwi in the wild. We got a great viewing. This is definitely not a tour to take if you want to be spoon fed an experience. You will need to work with Ian, who we found to be a...More

3  Thank James C
OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Awesome James ! This was the first group of 8 people for my new season....I only hope every group is as good ! The whole group 'bought into' the experience and fully deserved the moment with Jolene ! Thanks for the great review I hope...More

Reviewed 28 March 2017

The kiwi walk was successful because the group was able to see two different kiwi before 10:00PM. Wish we could have experienced Ian Cooper himself because Toby (while knowledgeable) was somewhat annoying. I was scolded for applying insect repellent to my face, after Ian had...More

1  Thank JohnH1623
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Kelly M
5 September 2016|
Response from OkaritoIan | Property representative |
Hi, every night is different...however...approx 8pm start time in January.
13 July 2016|
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Response from OkaritoIan | Property representative |
Hi, thanks David for the answer to the question. You are right, coming with me takes effort, participation, ownership and understanding. My priority, is that you get to see a WILD kiwi in its own habitat. I emphasise that... More