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Okarito Kiwi Tours

Address: 53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
Phone Number: 643 – 7534330
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Owner description: Muliple Award Winners Okarito Kiwi Tours takes you deep into kiwi habitat looking for one of the...
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

wow Ian i was blown away with the whole experience of seeing a Kiwi in the wild. Plus all the factual information on these birds you provided. After seeing this with you we went to a typical kiwi park where all the tourist go. these people had no idea on these amazing birds compared to you. Thank you so much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

How cool was that? We walked into the bush with Ian in the early evening. Patiently we waited and the kiwi was coming closer. We could hear it in the dense dark Westland bush, but not see it. Ian the kiwi expert knows all the kiwis by name and he had worked out where it would be so that we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We phoned Ian on a whim and ended up on a tour that started just 60 minutes later. We soon realized, as econklin4 said in her review, that going on Ian's tour is a commitment. He expects tour members to contribute and to follow his instructions (stand here, do this, wait) exactly and without question. It was quite intimidating at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

There are two main things which this tour started to make me aware of. Firstly this bird is a very rare habitat of New Zealand and of course the whole world which like every species shouldn't be disturbed in its lifestyle. Ian did a fantastic job yesterday by spotting the bird, helping us to be patient and explaining us a... More 

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Hi Saraphina. Thanks for the honest review. One thing I did talk about was the possible action of BZ ( the male ) He is always wary of coming out onto the track before darkness has fallen.....this I have observed many times......I was worried about this when I first started seeing this behaviour a few years ago......So, I experimented.......I went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

One of the best things I have done in New Zealand. Ian was knowledgable and informative, making the experience fun and involving. He made sections of the trip that could have been seen as boring, interesting. He quickly learned the names of all the members of the group (there were 8), ensuring that all were included within any explanations that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Months on from our trip I was talking with friends about the top experiences for our year away travelling throughout the world. Okarito Kiwi Tours was by far one of our highlights. The whole experience was an adventure...from Ian's lead up to standing alone in the forest listening to the kiwi calls...and then to see them emerge! What joy! Thank... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This trip was excellent. I highly recommend it. The only tip I can suggest is to get dressed up in the clothes you are going to do the trip in. You need to be covered from head to toe as mosquitoes will visit, but more annoying are the prickly plants around the area you will visit. They will spike you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Okarito is a lovely, secluded place, tucked away just off the west coast highway to the north of the glaciers. No mobile phone reception, shops or fast food but you can get to see kiwis in their natural habitat. Ian is a man passionate about kiwis and their welfare. He runs the tour with military precision, but this is essential... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Going on Ian's tour is a commitment: it will take about 3 hours, a whole evening, starting from a very remote location. As much as an hour of that time will be spent standing absolutely still in the dark waiting. And you must follow Ian's directions (which sometimes seem a little arbitrary) to the letter! But, particularly if you're interested... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Ian is very passionate and knowledgeable about the local area and wildlife, and his group management skills are excellent. We saw two kiwis on our trip, and learnt a lot about the work which is going on to protect the endangered birds in New Zealand

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