Normally when it comes to pre-booked events I am unlucky. It had been a rainy day in Stewart Island and I feared the worst but the weather calmed before our trip, and a beautiful full moon lit our way. Pre boat trip our knowledgeable guide Ian talked us through about Kiwis. We boarded our boat (with another Ian skippering) and made our way to Little Glory Bay. The group I was with was understanding and appreciative, and walked through the bush quietly whilst Ian listened for Kiwi activity - unfortunately there was none and I started to think oh well I will not see anything. However once we hit the moonlit beach we quickly came across 2 hungry Kiwi. Ian kept them in his red light beam so we could view them without disturbing them although they seemed oblivious to us for the most part. We inspected their tracks and even some sandhoppers that been missed. I was excited to get close and get some great photos and a couple of films with only a standard digital camera. People have to realise that this is nature and not a game park. I feel privileged to have seen my views and hope everyone else is so lucky. Coffee and biscuits on the way home topped off the night. Thank you to both Ian's
Kia Ora and thanks for this amazing review. We are absolutely thrilled to see how much you enjoyed this experience. You are absolutely correct in saying that this is nature and not a game park. Everything is run in a way to minimize our impact on the kiwi and allow people to observe in their natural habitat. It's great to have such an appreciative group and our guides do an amazing job in finding the kiwi and allowing as much time as possible with them. We will be sure to pass your comments onto the team here - they love getting great feedback! We hope the rest of your time in New Zealand was just as memorable.
Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.