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Okarito Kiwi Tours

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Address: 53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
Phone Number: 643 – 7534330
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Muliple Award Winners Okarito Kiwi Tours takes you deep into kiwi...

Muliple Award Winners Okarito Kiwi Tours takes you deep into kiwi habitat looking for one of the rarest birds in the world.We are the only licenced operators on the South Island of New Zealand.We give you an impressive 98% chance of seeing a kiwi in the wild.

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Amazing to hear and see these birds

Go prepared for standing quietly in the cold for a few hours. After meeting Ian and getting our briefing and instructions for our behaviour we got in the van and drove a short... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go prepared for standing quietly in the cold for a few hours. After meeting Ian and getting our briefing and instructions for our behaviour we got in the van and drove a short distance up the road. It was still light out but the group needed more instruction on how to behave while waiting for the kiwi to hopefully appear.... More 

Thank westcoasthiker1
Brisbane Region, Australia
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My partner and I were lucky enough to do a kiwi tour with Ian. He was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. He made seeing the Kiwi bird our mission and we not only saw 1 but 3!!!! It was absolutely amazing, one of the highlights of our NZ trip :). Highly recommended!

1 Thank Shrub-Travels
Hillsborough, New Jersey
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173 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I'm not sure what was more interesting - Ian, or the kiwis. He is so passionate about the birds and leads a great tour. Be early and follow all his rules - he will call people out if they are not wearing the proper clothes to make sure that the tour is great for everyone. Expect intensity. Long sleeves and... More 

1 Thank Cindy A
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Ian is passionate about what he does and his enthusiasm is infectious. We did this tour in January 2014, on the spur of the moment after finding out about it online. I thoroughly recommend it. It takes time and you need patience. You will also need to ignore the mosquitoes that buzz around your head. Ian supplies all the equipment... More 

1 Thank davemik100
Kansas CIty, MO
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169 reviews
104 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Ian is very passionate about his rare Okarito Kiwi, this is something that was clear from my early talks with him to get on this tour. You start the tour at his home and get his very dramatic speel about the kiwi and the night ahead. I can see how it would be entertaining to some people, but it was... More 

1 Thank lowens311
OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Just wanted to respond to a few comments. What is so important about Okarito Kiwi Tours is the pre-talk.....the expectations, the commitment involved, the ownership it takes to see a kiwi on my trips. The long walk........kiwi have big territories, the first pair were not viable so, yes, we walked quite quickly to the other... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is not a review of the Kiwi Tour - we didn't take it. It's a review of Okarito generally as we found it by accident as it's well off the beaten track but it's such a lovely place. The beach is huge (no swimming though) and there were four other people on it, a family and a lone angler.... More 

1 Thank BathfanOxford
Regensburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Seeing the rare Okarito kiwi in its natural habitat is unique experience not to be missed. Ian does a marvellous job. The only thing you have to bring is patience, patience, and patience. Did I mention patience? We were standing for 4 hours in the rain before finally Beaumont and BZ showed up but it was worth every minute. Highly... More 

Thank Roman H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Ian's passion, energy and enthusiasm towards the rare Okarito kiwi was evident from the moment we arrived for this wonderful tour. As a New Zealander, it was incredibly special to see two of these precious birds in their natural habitat. This tour is not your typical tour - it involves quite a bit of walking, and a lot of standing... More 

Thank Chch_Mel
Northampton, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We went out on a fine evening with six others and were rewarded by views of the male BZ on the track. In comparison with another kiwi night walk we did this was infinitely more professional and informative. It's well worth following Ian's strict approach for the end result. Ian's dedication to the preservation of the birds and their habitat... More 

Thank Diane47uk
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

A very informative and exciting evening with Ian. Thanks for all of your information and enthusiasm.

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