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Okarito Kiwi Tours

53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4330
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Holiday highlight - conservationism at it's best

What a privilege to see a kiwi in the wild. We got a great viewing. This is definitely not a tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James C
via mobile

The kiwi walk was successful because the group was able to see two different kiwi before 10:00PM... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
Jefferson City, Missouri
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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 1 week ago 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

Thank James C
OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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
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

2  Thank Jonathan W
OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

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
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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