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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 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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Amazing! The highlight of my trip!

What an amazing experience! Ian is incredibly knowledgable and passionate about the Rowi Kiwi (otherwise known as the Okarito Brown), the rarest of all kiwi species. If you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing experience! Ian is incredibly knowledgable and passionate about the Rowi Kiwi (otherwise known as the Okarito Brown), the rarest of all kiwi species. If you truly want to observe one of these incredible and rare birds in their natural habitat, make time to go on an Okarito Kiwi Tour - it will be well worth your time!... More 

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

Hi Ross Thanks for the great review. What Ross failed to mention was his own incredible patience, skill, participation and effort that he himself put into the trip to make it a success. Ross became my co-guide for the night and did an amazing job in difficult circumstances. I can't thank him enough for his own willingness to co-operate. It's... More 

London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ian does an amazing job protecting the Rowi Kiwi. He takes out small groups of people and has a very high success rate. This is due to his passion about what he does. We were lucky enough to see two Kiwi's, hear them crunching through the undergrowth and hear their calls. It was the highlight of a trip which focused... More 

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

Hi Heather/Ian Thanks for the great review. This was an outstanding evening, as you say it was a small group and we all got to see BZ and Beaumont interact together, then, a beautiful call from each bird....Stunning More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ian was born for his role as a conservationist and a guide. I've never met someone so passionate, dedicated and conscientious of what they were doing. You immediately feel part of a team, dedicated to finding and viewing a live, wild kiwi. This tour is for people that appreciate the value of the natural world and bring with them patience,... More 

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

I am glad to portray my passion and dedication.... I was very pleased to meet you and was really happy to share a little of my stunning world with you guys. Ian More 

San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Thanks for Ian for his conservation work in helping preserve the Okarito Brown Kiwi and in taking small groups to hear and see kiwis in the wild. Very grateful for the opportunity to visit Okarito and learn to really listen.

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

Hmmm....The Kiwi Whisperer.....quite an honour to be called or thought of as such a thing. I am glad you had a very special time in Okarito Ian More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We had a fantastic evening with Ian, first learning about the conservation work and the kiwis native to Okarito, hearing their calls and being introduced to their behaviors, then practicing how we were to act in the kiwis' home, and finally putting the lessons and teamwork into action. We saw two (paired) kiwis, and heard two others in nearby territory.... More 

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

Hi.....you are right....it is a privilege to see kiwi in the wild. It is amazing to see one kiwi in the wild, but, to see a pair going about their business is very very special. Well done on your teamwork and patience Ian More 

South Australia, Australia
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

We joined a night kiwi walk with Ian our guide. This walk is for someone who is really passionate about wildlife and kiwis in particular. Ian is highly dedicated to the protection of the Okarito Kiwi and all tours help to go towards the strict protection of this species. Be sure to wear none noisy squeaky clothes and shoes. Learn... More 

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

Edward Thanks for the great review, I always enjoy reading the accounts of people coming out with me. I am glad to portray the dedication and passion, I hope a little rubs off on people sometimes. The walk...every night is different, sometimes..yes, we need to move fast, other times slow....all depending on the placement of the kiwi. Thanks for your... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

If you want to see a kiwi in its natural habitat, this is the tour for you. We all met at Ian's office where he briefed us on the evening. He also had extra warm clothes for those who wanted them, a nice touch. Ian is a character and we were initially scheptical about this adventure but, trust me, it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

We met with Ian at 8pm, he gave us a brief introduction and then we headed off. We drove for a couple of minutes and were then lead into a path, which we walked on for a bit. Then we had to stand quiet and listen for the birds. My group was very lucky as we saw one female and... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

The guide Ian is very passionate about the Okarito Kiwi, having a hand in the survival of this species. It took us quite a few hours to see our male kiwi, but it was worthwhile. The search the these birds is half the fun, follow Ian's directions and you'll go along way to seeing these fascinating birds. As a birder... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

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 

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