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“Surreal and magical”

Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience
Ranked #11 of 16 Tours in Stewart Island
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Owner description: Cruise at dusk to Little Glory Bay for an opportunity to encounter wild southern brown kiwi in their natural habitat. Depart Halfmoon Bay, Oban at dusk for a cruise across Paterson Inlet. During the cruise, pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history. The walk, led by a nature guide, is on a track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. The track emerges on a wide sandy beach and as daylight diminishes, this is where Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. - Departures: Sep - May - Small group: 8 per guide, max 16 per night.
Reviewed 25 November 2016

I have no words to explain the wild kiwi encounter! Very surreal – currently basking in a post kiwi glow (that is a thing).

We hadn’t been on the track for long and a kiwi came up to one of the ladies in our tour group and nibbled at her shoes. We all got to watch and then it scampered off into the bushes. We thought that was it and then it came back for a second nibble!! Followed by it strolling (like a rock star) through the group and back into the bushes. It doesn’t even sound (or seem real) but that happened and I’m slightly jealous that Stewart Island locals see kiwis on such a weekly basis.

The walk through the forest is really incredible. As you cross through to Ocean Beach from Little Glory Cove you can hear the waves crashing which builds the excitement for what you might see along the beach. For us it was ‘only’ in the form of a juvenile kiwi scampering along quickly, but it’s pretty hard to beat our encounter from earlier in the night and it’s hard not to be satisfied already. There are plenty of fresh kiwi foot prints along the beach so it’s easy to see they mustn’t be far away and are in an abundance. The late night is certainly worth it for wild encounters like that.

Definitely a must try when you're in Southland!!

Thank PenelopeHayes
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Thanks for the review. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your Wild Kiwi Encounter and how you are 'basking in a post kiwi glow'. Seeing a kiwi in the wild is something truly amazing and we are glad that you chose to go on this excursion with us to see one for yourself!
We trust the rest of your holiday was just as rewarding.
Regards, the Stewart Island Experience team.

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