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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We went on the tour with Ian last night and it was amazing. Ian was informative, friendly and professional throughout. I liked the way he asked us what we knew and then gave us a bit more information which I didn't know. He had good banter and involved everyone. We saw Beaumont the kiwi and smelt BZ, it was such... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was fantastic!!! It was 3 hours of waiting and chasing down a rare Kiwi in its native environment and for it was worth it! The teenager i was with felt he could have got those 3 hours back! To see a rare Kiwi in the bush was an amazing feeling, our host Ian is a very passionate person about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

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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