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Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience
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Opportunity of a lifetime

There are not many places in NZ offering the unique experience of seeing kiwi's in the wild and... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
Paradise826669
Amazing experience

What an incredible experience this trip was, and our guides really made it for us by being so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Seriously, I've been living in NZ for 1 year and half, went to a lotta beautiful places, never thought about Stewart island, but when I saw an opportunity, thought why not? And that's when I realized it took me too long to come down here. I did a few tracks and learned about the island and it was mind blowing how much story that place has, and of course coming around and not seeing kiwis better not come at all. First of all Real Journeys crew amazes me how much love and passion they have for their job (why wouldn't they? It is awesome haha) with the best staff everything could be more or less and I still woulda enjoyed it, but no it wasn't more or less, it was awesome. When we got to the island of the kiwis, it felt like a mission, like in a movie, and it was so cool walking around pitch black darkness like we were looking for an treasure (and we were) we saw a kiwi outta no where for the grand finale of the trip, even tho was for a few seconds. so please Stewart island is your place if you wanna come down to NZ. People here treat you like a real person not just like a money sign tourist. Everything has heart and passion, is the history of not just Kiwis, Maoris or New Zealand is history of the entire world. Stewart Island is a must do, period.

Date of experience: November 2017
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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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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!!

Date of experience: September 2017
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.

Date of experience: April 2017
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.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank David C
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