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Okarito Kiwi Tours

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Address: 53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
Phone Number: 643 – 7534330

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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A MUST do for anyone who enjoys wildife!

Me and my partner joined ian on a tour and it was incredible. Ians passion, enthusiasm and dedication to these birds and their conservation really completes the trip and is great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2016
George A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

Me and my partner joined ian on a tour and it was incredible. Ians passion, enthusiasm and dedication to these birds and their conservation really completes the trip and is great to see. We had the luxury of seeing two kiwi multiple times throughout the tour, hearing multiple calls and crunching in the bush aswell as other calls such as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

Imagine a small group of people wearing warm woolen clothing and mosquito net hats, equipped with torches, some hi-viz vests and walkie talkies. They've been instructed to walk in single file and to communicate with eye contact only. Now they stand in line on the Okarito Road, staring at the bush for the last 1.5h, listing for every single crackling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

If you really want to see a kiwi in the wild, then this tour is for you. Ian explains very early on that what you will get out of the tour depends a great deal on the amount of effort you put in. Patience is a must. This was my fourth visit to NZ and I was so desperate for... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

I loved this tour. First, Ian was extremely helpful in that he actually found me a lift to Okarito (I was staying in Franz Josef, no car): another person who wanted to do the tour agreed to pick me up. Then he managed to create so much interest and enthusiasm in the group of 9 people who took part in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

Not your average wildlife tour, as this is at dusk, going into the forest and waiting for kiwi to emerge. Ian is the kiwi man and instils in guests the need to be silent, patient and still.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

It is an evening and into the night activity and suitable for keen or developing birders. Patience, silence, and ability to stand still for long periods are prerequisites. No scratchy clothing like over-trousers or rain wear can be worn so as to avoid noise. No photography. The basis of the attempt to see the Rowi Kiwi is scientific. Radio is... More 

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Mellor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

We were a full group of 10 and it took over 2 hours to see a male kiwi thanks to the superb skills of Ian and the patience of the group. What makes it extra special is although Ian does this virtually every night he enthuses and guides the group so expertly you would be forgiven for thinking it was... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

I cannot speak highly enough of Ian and his tour. This is a reasonbly priced small group tour, the opposite of the packaged, pack-em-in for profit tours. Ian's love and care for the kiwis is obvious. You will step out of your world and enter another world, the world of the 400 endangered brown kiwis. You will strain your ears... More 

Thank Anthony B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

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 

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