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Location / Nearby Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter

Description

The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. The walk will take about 45 minutes one-way and the track emerges on to Ocean Beach. This wide sandy beach is where kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. Here in the darkness you may spot the Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) - often searching for food. Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island. Please be sure to dress weather appropriate and bring insect repellant. You must arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure to check in.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Important information
Inclusions
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board return scenic cruise
  • Entry/Admission - RealNZ
Duration
4–5 hours
Departure details
  • Visitor Terminal - Stewart Island Experience, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not suitable for children under 16 years
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
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Inclusions
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board return scenic cruise
  • Entry/Admission - RealNZ
Departure details
  • Visitor Terminal - Stewart Island Experience, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
Duration
4–5 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not suitable for children under 16 years
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
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Itinerary

  • 1. RealNZ: 240 min
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Image Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter

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Jafa164
⏳ 12-2021
4.4

A memorable experience

This is one experience that I will always remember. The boat trip was entertaining with views of seals and penguins, and the walk through the bush was simply amazing. The bush was so quiet and peaceful. The icing on the cake was seeing Kiwi on the beach and in the bush. They are just incredible birds and I feel privileged to have seen them in their own habitat. The quides did a fantastic job of spotting them.
Ian P
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

What a disappointment

Really disappointed, not so many days on Stewart Island and our trip was suddenly cancelled
Due to vessel engine problems. Was really disappointed as staff although arranging refund did
Not go to any attempt to move to other options other than to say they were fully booked.
Not really satisfactory.
Rob
4.8

Great Kiwi encounter

The tour started with a comprehensive introduction to the Kiwis in New Zealand and the typical wildlife we would come across on our trip.

In the trip across the seas, we were fortunate to have a good weather day, allowing us to see a spectacular sunset and the chance to spot penguins, seals, albatrosses and dolphins.

The walk through the forest started in the dark and we had to use our torches discreetly and even after scouring the beach, we weren’t able to spot any kiwis. We were about to give up hope when, on the return trip, we spotted two sightings of the Southern Brown Kiwi, rummaging through the ferns and bushes for their grubs. Red light was used to shine on them, apparently it does not frighten them, but we had to keep real quiet and take turns to watch them feed.

We were glad to have made this trip and spend our Christmas Eve in an unforgettable way. Real Journeys has great guides for this trip, who were experienced and very knowledgeable and took great care of us, making us hot chocolates and coffee during the sea trip.
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