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Okarito Kiwi Tours

53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4330
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4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary
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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.
  • Excellent91%
  • Very good7%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
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+64 3-753 4330
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is something very special to see a kiwi, and even more special when you see it in the wild. Ian gives people the opportunity to do that, and he is good at what he does. You need a lot of patience to be on...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was never good at statues so playing it again in the middle of a rainforest at midnight was a challenge. I made fun for 40 still minutes by doing the robot & pretending I was in Vietnam, and that the divebombing mosquitos were trying...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ian was an excellent guide and we had a wonderful time helping him to track kiwi for us all to see. Patience, calm and quiet made for a wonderful evening in the NZ bush. Would not recommend it for young children or those with a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A one off experience but do not do it if you can not keep still and quiet for prolonged period or put up with voracious mossies buzzing around your head the whole time. If you can then go for it. We did indeed have a...More

Thank Steve G
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

One of the things on our bucket list while visiting NZ was to see a Kiwi in the wild and it did not disappoint! Ian, our guide, is the perfect person to lead this tour with his immense understanding of kiwi behaviour allowing us to...More

Thank Nick L
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

These are the two attitudes you Need to bring to make this experience a once in a lifetime. Ian is a passionate guide (speaking German as well) and is doing everything possible to make you and the Kiwi feel comfortable. Don´t be dissappointed, if no...More

Thank mostarling
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This was one of many highlights of our visit to New Zealand. Highly recommended for serious birders wanting to see a kiwi in the wild. In our group, everyone was patient, waiting and waiting quietly, and then thrilled when the kiwi approached the group for...More

Thank Steven S
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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

95% success rate of seeing a kiwi, real, life and without imprisoning him. Awesome. Had the best guide, who did manage to find us a kiwi, even if it took 3-4 hours.

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

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
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

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

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Kelly M
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
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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