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Okarito Kiwi Tours

53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4330
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The kiwi walk was successful because the group was able to see two different kiwi before 10:00PM... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
JohnH1623
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Jefferson City, Missouri
Kiwi Tour

This tour is not for everyone. As Ian explained, the odds of seeing a Kiwi in the wild are not... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
Jonathan W
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Norfolk, Virginia
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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
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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

Thank JohnH1623
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

This tour is not for everyone. As Ian explained, the odds of seeing a Kiwi in the wild are not good. They are very shy and roam over a home territory measured in many square kilometers. The forrest that they inhabit is so dense as...More

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

If I was a corporate business, I am sure I would reply with....Sorry for your experience, Okarito Kiwi Tours would like to apologise for that your time in the bush was not to your satisfaction etc etc blah blah blah however... If you are reading...More

Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Its not easy or expected to see kiwi in the wild. However our evening with Toby showed the whole group 1 bird from 2 metres and another from about 10. The second walked at us , sniffed the aur, stood up, & strolled away. Exceptional...More

Thank markD6441XC
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We had a really great evening with our group led by Toby in the bush at Okarito. He was really informative and we learnt lots of things about kiwis that we didn't know before. Just being out in the forest paying attention to every little...More

Thank NflashG
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Ian and Toby have concession to take people into closed conservation area for rare Okarito Kiwi So after training us how to move quietly as group in the dark, ( no rustling clothes allowed) we stalk these shy nocturnal birds, using tracking device. Concentrated focused...More

Thank Devaflam
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This experience was one of a life-time.Ian was brilliant.It became apparent immediately this experience was to be the real deal What are the chances of a group of people being positioned on the track for a time and place kiwi encounter.With Ian's expertise,this happened not...More

Thank hitchies
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I booked this at quite late notice and Ian was very helpful when booking. I had a really great evening. This tour was one of the best parts of my trip on the South Island. Ian and Toby were very friendly and knowledgeable. Seeing a...More

Thank Maya918
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Great tour and guides came within only a few feet of a Kiwi didn't quite see one. Oh and if your FILLING your CAR up go to Wateroa just above Okarito much cheaper than fox and Franz. Spread the world

Thank Dean M
Reviewed 23 February 2017

I was in a tour group and only heard about this a few days before I booked it. I was so glad that I did it. Our guide was very informative about Kiwis and the local wildlife. Because it was raining HE was happy to...More

Thank GeorgeFoord123
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We had an exceptional experience on our Kiwi Tour with Ian..... The main purpose of the trip is obviously to find Kiwis but for me what really added to the trip was to experience the call of owls in the bush and just spending time...More

Thank Liezel D
OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thanks for the review. It was a nice Valentines night trip. It was great to get the calls before we saw Joeline then Fancy hot on her heels !

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Kelly M
What time does the tour start in January ?
5 September 2016|
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Response from OkaritoIan | Property representative |
Hi, every night is different...however...approx 8pm start time in January.
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4acadia
Hello! I very much realize the kiwi is in the wild and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Just wondering how often the kiwi is NOT seen...? My son's favorite being in the world is the kiwi. (we're from Colorado in the US, so a long distance affair). If you can see my profile pic you'll see him holding one during a health check - still considered the very best thing ever in his life (1.5 years ago). Something I am still incredibly grateful to make happen. I know that's tough to match, but I'd love to offer him a different and wonderful experience when we return to NZ. Seeing the most rare kiwi would be pretty wonderful. But...he's pretty sensitive about them ; ) and if we didn't see one... : ( So, just thought I'd ask what the chances are. Thanks so much!!
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
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