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Kiwi Adventure Tour

Okarito Kiwi Tours is an owner operated company. We aim to take small groups deep into Kiwi habitat.

You could become one of the lucky few to have seen a kiwi in the wild.

We are the only licenced operators on the South Island.

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Okarito Location

Driving 90 minutes south from Hokitika. 90 minutes north of Haast.

From State Highway 6, in between Franz Josef and Whataroa a road comes straight into the village. Fully signposted from the main road. Please see map on contact us page

Okarito Kiwi Adventure Trips

Trip Details

  • Trip duration 3/5  hours
  • Price: $75 per adult
  • Limited Numbers
  • Trips depart from Okarito

The trips will start at the office of Okarito Kiwi Tours, which is situated in the middle of Okarito ( population 30ish ). We are harder to miss than find ! 

Following a short briefing, we will take a short drive upon dusk.

We will then take a 2km walk into known kiwi habitat .

Along the way we will look out for other birds. This will give us a great opportunity to see the vary rare fernbird in its natural environment.

We will interpret all bird calls along the way together with detailed knowledge of the local area and it’s history.

We will explain the Maori myths and legends that surround the story as to how a kiwi became a ground dwelling bird.

We will also explain a little about New Zealand’s history, Continental Drift, Remoteness, Giantism, Isolation, Immigration, Native Mammals, and Flightlessness.
Once we reach the kiwi habitation, we will listen for kiwi activity. There is a very good chance that will hear the birds snuffling for food or generally moving around in the bush.

This is a unique trip that requires teamwork, patience, ownership and responsibility.

We will hear the bird calling – the very unique sound resonating for miles into the quiet of the night. We have a 98% Success in viewing Kiwi.

During darkness we will hear Morepork ( Ruru ), tree weta’s even possum.

Walking back, we may encounter more kiwis along the track together with more possums or even deer.

A clear night will give us a great chance to be guided by the stars of our galaxy and we often get a great view of the Milky Way.

   

Okarito Kiwi Tours are proud to be founder partners of Birding West Coast