Bird Watching On Stewart Island

Kiwi spotting and bird watching on Stewart Island is a unique experience found nowhere else in the world.

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.

Wild Kiwi on Stewart Island

Guided Bird Watching Tours

Head to the best spots for bird watching with an expert local guide. 

Stewart Island Experience

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.

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Beaks and Feathers

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.

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Ulva's Guided Walks

Explore Ulva Island with Ulva's Guided Walks one of the original bird watching companies on Stewart Island. 

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Ruggedy Range

Walk easy tracks through primeval rainforest. Enjoy close views of rare and endangered birds, and listen to exquisite birdsong.

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Stewart Island guides and brochures

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If you want absolute peace and a sense of complete release from the stresses of your world, then Deep Bay Apartment is just the place. You can stretch out on…
Stewart Island Lodge is a peaceful and secluded B&B island retreat, nestled amongst native bush with commanding views of Halfmoon Bay and the surrounding…
The South Sea Hotel is a Stewart Island icon, with a strong footing in Island life, both past and present.  The hotel has a fully licensed bar, restaurant,…
Native birds including kaka, tui and bellbirds greet you with their beautiful song from the private and restful bush setting of Rakiura Lodge. Recently built,…
Our beautiful location enables guests to unwind in peace and quiet, while Stewart Island's restaurants, shops and main attractions are but a 5-7  minute walk…
So recounted Ian’s Great Aunty Olga in her famous book 'The Stewart Islanders'. It’s no wonder that sixth-generation Stewart Islander Ian and Philippa's Port…
Tokoeka Bed and Breakfast boasts one of the best views on Stewart Island, overlooking Oban village, Halfmoon Bay and the ocean beyond. Tokoeka was built in…
Wake to melodic bird song in warm and peaceful surroundings at this Purpose built Bed and Breakfast accommodation situated in the magnificent Stewart Island.…
13 unit complex. All units equipped with own kitchenette & bathroom.
Whether you’re planning a three day hike or just heading down to the beach, our comfortable units provide a sanctuary at the end of an adventure-filled day. We…
Comfortable lodging Stunning sunsets over untouched nature, serene tranquility and utmost comfort – all offered at the southern edge of civilisation. Options…
Kowhai Lane Lodge is situated in private gardens only 4 or 5 minutes stroll from the village centre and waterfront, a home away from home for your Island…
Conveniently situated in the heart of Halfmoon Bay, we offer friendly, comfortable and clean accommodation at competitive prices 365 days a year. We also have…
Iris and Peter at Sails Ashore provide luxury boutique hosted accommodation overlooking Halfmoon Bay for guests wishing to experience the magic of Stewart…
Glendaruel House My home is just that – a spacious, much loved house, combining old and new, antique furniture, original art work, DVD and Broadband internet.…
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Go for a Paddle with Phil’s Sea Kayak Stewart Island Sea Kayaking at Stewart Island offers the whole range from exploration for the beginners in the pristine…
Cruise in affordable comfort & style on your Stewart Island discovery tour or water taxi service: Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi is a small, locally…
Aihe Wildlife Cruises and Water Taxi, offers small group wildlife and scenic cruises within Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island and pelagic birding tours around…
Enjoy a scenic ride to Lee Bay the entrance of Rakiura National Park for the start of our three day hike on the Rakiura Great Walk. Follow the coastal…
Experience a night walk in search of kiwi in the wild - in small groups with a locally owned and operated nature tourism business. Learn interesting facts…
Scheduled ferry service to Ulva Island, departing Golden Bay. No bookings required. Kaian Water Taxi and Ranui Ulva Island Ferry operate every day from 1st…
Private Car Hire on Stewart Island Pick-up Drop-off Customised Tours Our All-Wheel Drive Cab will be able to get you anywhere on the island, be it off the…
Jump on board the Aurora for one of our charters including fishing and sightseeing trips around Stewart Island. You will cruise through crystal clear waters,…
Nature and history charters Ulva Island experiences Pelagic bird charters Fishing and hunting charters Welcome to our take on this unique island - the place…
This is a unique 6-hole course on an equally unique island. The only way to get to Stewart Island is by plane or boat and if you are a golfer you should not…
Private Car Hire on Stewart Island Pick-up Drop-off Customised Tours Our All-Wheel Drive Cab will be able to get you anywhere on the island, be it off the…
Highly recommended operating since 2000 - our iconic guided walk on Ulva Island - a must do! Look out for penguins on the short boat ride to Ulva Island aboard…
Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion, or an extended stay. Cross Foveaux Strait on board our express passenger catamarans.  During the one-hour…
Aihe Wildlife Cruises and Water Taxi, offers small group wildlife and scenic cruises within Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island and pelagic birding tours around…
Discover Stewart Island from the water.  On board our catamaran enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and visit Ulva Island - a renowned…
Where else would you expect to see a Tuk Tuk but on Stewart Island, where a dog called Lola is the local celebrity! Aussie Pete, one of the film makers of "A…
Be part of the crew and join us for a unique fishing experience on the commercial fishing vessel TEQUILA, while taking in the spectacular surroundings of the…
Explore Ulva Island with Ulva's Guided Walks one of the original bird watching companies on Stewart Island.  Ulva's Guided Walks was established by Ulva…
A visit to Stewart Island isn't complete without a browse through the Rakiura Museum. Established and run by volunteers, the museum houses an extensive…
Take in the wonder of Stewart Island with a comfortable 15 minutes flight from Invercargill, taking you to the heart of New Zealand's ecological playground.…
Whether its one of our mixed group scenic cruises, a private group charter or a day cruise the good thing about Cruise Fiordland is that we cater to you. All…