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!!
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