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Okarito Kiwi Tours

53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
643 – 7534330
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Okarito
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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... more » 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. « less
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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Brisbane, Australia
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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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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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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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Exeter
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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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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

If you are willing to spend three hours, two of which will be spent standing quietly in a dark forest covered from head to toe (with a mosquito hat over your head), to see the rare Rowi (Okarito Kiwi), then this is the tour for you. We only heard and then saw one kiwi. It came within two metres of... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This trip was brilliant on many levels. Ian is obviously knowledgeable regarding Kiwis. He is also very talented at getting the best from a group of people. Spending the evening in a fabulous part of the world with Ian leading us on the quest to view a rare breed of Kiwi was truly enjoyable. Spending some time at the end... More

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Emerald Beach, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The reason you take this tour is that Ian knows his stuff, knows his kiwis, and has by long experience worked out a way for everyone in the group to be able to see the bird(s). Because he knows what he's doing, you need to follow his instructions exactly, but his enthusiasm and guidelines will make it easy to know... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Others have outlined the important aspects of the experience: bring the right attitude, trust Ian's guidance, and be patient and quiet. We were very spoiled - shoulder season so we had Ian and the kiwis to ourselves that night, and perfect weather (no rain!). And we had incredible sightings, without feeling like we were impacting the kiwis negatively. One of... More

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Houston, Texas
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

You must reserve in advance! A small group and only one tour per night. After a briefing at Ian's, it was a short drive to the sanctuary. For the next 3 hours we tracked a pair of kiwis for 3 or so kilometers via their radio transmitters - we saw the couple (one on each side of the group) after... More

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