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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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Description: Muliple Award Winners Okarito Kiwi Tours takes you deep into kiwi habitat...
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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Interesting, memorable experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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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 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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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 

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Kansas CIty, MO
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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 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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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 

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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 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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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 

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Sydney, Australia
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

As a lifelong birdo, it was quite an experience to have a guide talk about Beaumont , BZ and the other local rowi kiwis on such personal terms. Ian has dedicated many years to studying and preserving the endangered and rare Okarito kiwi, and knows them intimately. A night with Ian is a commitment, to working with Ian and the... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

An amazing unforgettable evening with Ian Cooper, the DOC-approved guide. Ian was fun to learn from and he was very patient with teaching us what to do to try and see the kiwi in their own habitat. We saw two Okarito kiwi that appeared right in front of us. An incredible special experience that our family will remember forever. Thanks... More 

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