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“We saw two kiwi”

Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience
Ranked #11 of 16 Tours in Stewart Island
Certificate of Excellence
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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 22 October 2017

This was an excellent experience made even better by the sightings of 2 kiwi. there were 14 of us in our total group and once we arrived at our destination, we were split into 2 groups - sadly the other half did not spot the kiwi. This really was a great overall experience, starting with the boat trip to the island and spotting 3 species of penguin. The company provide the torches, but remember to bring waterproofs and shoes for muddy conditions.

Thank dippy_sal
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our holidays in Australia and New Zealand over the last 2 years. We did see kiwi on the beach and in the bush as well as an excellent view of the Milky Way. Go prepared for all types of weather. We had lightning and a brief hailstorm as well as clear skies in the same trip!!

Thank StellaWilkie
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

I cannot recommend this enough! Saw three kiwis and a very over excited sea lion too. The whole thing was just great- an amazing walk through the woods in the dark, spotting a kiwi on the beach, getting so close to it that if we wanted we could have touched it, watching for 10 or 15 minutes as it caught bugs and dug in the sand.
The guides were fantastic, really knowledgable, organised friendly and you could really tell how much they loved the birds. We spent ages after the tour chatting to them about the birds and the other wildlife, and it was lovely to hear all their stories. The guides were what made the trip so good! Would 100% recommend.

Thank LemonPip14
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

We had about 16 passengers in our group with two guides. When we arrived at the location we split into two groups. Almost immediately from the boat the guide sensed that there was a Kiwi close at hand so she let our group slowly through the forest. When we entered the beach she scanned the area for sea lions so we wouldn't be in danger. After 20 minutes of walking down the beach we came across a Kiwi foraging for a meal. We stayed with the Kiwi for at least 20 more minutes and got the 2nd group to share the wonder. After we left the beach and were walking back to the boat in the forest we spotted another Kiwi walking down our path. It was a marvelous night of discovery.

Thank David C
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

This trip was a treat. We were very lucky to be able to follow a kiwi along the beach as it fed off sand hoppers and then it drank from a fresh water stream. It was completely oblivious to our presence and because we could spread out in a line on the beach everybody could get a great view. Our encounter lasted at least 30 minutes. Our group was very well behaved and quiet. The guides Maia and Jos were both very informative and enthusiastic.

Thank Jane B
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2017

Hi Jane, thanks for the review. We're delighted to read how much you enjoyed your kiwi experience. We will make sure your kind words are passed onto the team here. Hopefully the rest of your holiday was just as fun.
Regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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