Bird Watching On Stewart Island
The population of the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi/Southern Tokoeka is around 20,000 - humans are outnumbered 50 to 1, and this southern sanctuary offers a unique kiwi spotting experience. While most kiwi are nocturnal, the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi is active during the day and night, meaning the birds practically show up on your doorstep.
Bird watchers flock from all over the world to spot the beautiful birds of Stewart Island/Rakiura. Around 85% of the island forms Rakiura National Park, which provides an excellent habitat and food source for New Zealand native birds. Unlike other areas of New Zealand, parts of Stewart Island are predator free, allowing the local wildlife to thrive without threat.
The sea surrounding the Island is rich in food and attractive to a large number of seabirds such as Albatross, Mollymawk, Prion, Petrel, Cormorants, Blue Penguin, and the Southland famous Sooty Shearwater, also known as Muttonbird/Tītī.
Click here for more information and comprehensive list of birds that can be found on and about Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Guided Bird Watching Tours
Head to the best spots for bird watching with an expert local guide.
Join a Wild Kiwi Encounter with Stewart Island Experience, where you'll head to Little Glory Cove at dusk for an opportunity to spot the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi/Rakiura Tokoeka in it's natural habitat.
Be guided by a Stewart Island local, who has the knowledge and know how to take you through some of the most diverse and beautiful places in New Zealand.
Explore Ulva Island with Ulva's Guided Walks one of the original bird watching companies on Stewart Island.
Walk easy tracks through primeval rainforest. Enjoy close views of rare and endangered birds, and listen to exquisite birdsong.