Wildlife Spotting

Wild Kiwi Encounter

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Stewart Island Visitor Terminal, Main Wharf, Oban

Stewart Island Experience offers an awe-inspiring, must-do journey to see Kiwi in their natural habitat.

At dusk depart Halfmoon Bay in our catamaran for a cruise evening across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove. During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history. Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck.

The walk, led by an experienced nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula. As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. After about 45 minutes the track emerges onto Ocean Beach, the wide sandy beach where Kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. Here in the darkness you will get to see the Southern Brown Kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) as it searches for food. Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban.

This trip is for small groups and is suitable for all ages 15 years and over. Departure times of the tours vary each month, according to dusk times, but the tours always take approximately four hours (this includes the cruise there and back and the approximately two hour nature walk). We also happily offer a “Kiwi Guarantee” - if you don’t see a Kiwi we will refund you 20% of your ticket price or give you a ticket to come back another evening (subject to availability).

Note: Due to the late return time of this tour, please ensure that you have booked accommodation on Stewart Island!

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Last modified
Wed 9 Jan 2019
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Wild Kiwi Encounter

Stewart Island Experience - Wild Kiwi Encounter

Wild Kiwi Encounter

Stewart Island Visitor Terminal, Main Wharf