Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter

Fitness level moderate
Intensity level low
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Highlights & inclusions

Scenic cruise to Little Glory Bay
Observe rare native marine life
Experienced nature guide
Two-hour guided walk by torchlight
Chance kiwi encounters
Complimentary tea and biscuits on the cruise

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Mon, Apr 15, 2024

What you can expect

See New Zealand's elusive southern brown kiwi for yourself on the Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter with RealNZ. Stewart Island stands out as one of New Zealand's best locations for observing the kiwi bird in its natural habitat, with kiwis outnumbering the human population by 50 to one! This 4.5-hour cruise and guided walk adventure provides an unmatched opportunity to spot kiwis and encounter other rare wildlife native to New Zealand, making it a truly unique experience. The Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter tour combines a scenic evening cruise across sheltered waters with an expert-led kiwi spotting expedition on the shores of Little Glory Cove. Departing 90-minutes before sunset, the cruise portion of the trip offers plenty of time to spot native marine life, such as the yellow-eyed or little penguin, albatross or New Zealand fur seal. As you reach Little Glory Cove, night falls and your Stewart Island kiwi spotting tour begins. Embark on a two-hour guided walk through native forest by torchlight in search of the nocturnal Rakiura Tokoeka, the southern brown kiwi. While there is no 100% guarantee that the wild kiwi will appear, there is certainly a higher chance of spotting these rare birds with the knowledge and expertise of the guides on this Stewart Island kiwi tour. This Stewart Island kiwi tour is perfect for nature lovers and those looking to connect with New Zealand's unique wildlife on a deeper level. Whether you're an avid birdwatcher or simply seeking an authentic encounter with nature, the Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter promises an unforgettable experience.


What you need to know

  • Scenic evening cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Bay
  • Experienced nature guide
  • Two-hour guided walk by torchlight through native forest and sandy beaches
  • Chance encounter with kiwis
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board the cruise
  • Departure and return times vary depending on sunset, weather and kiwi behaviour
  • Nov & Mar: 7.30pm - 11.30pm
  • Dec - Feb: 8.30pm - 12.30am
  • Apr: 5.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Oct: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
  • Operates from October to April only
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from the Stewart Island Experience office, Main Wharf, Oban, Stewart Island
What To Bring
  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots (up to approximately 2 hours walking on uneven and muddy tracks)
  • Waterproof jacket (kiwis are very sensitive to noise so please wear a soft, quiet option where possible)
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera (although no flash photography is allowed around the kiwi)
Additional Information
  • Activities and vessels in Stewart Island are branded as Stewart Island Experience
  • Small Group (15 per guide, maximum of 30 per trip)
  • We will be using one of our purpose built vessels, Foveaux Express, for the cruise from Oban to Little Glory Cove
  • Look for Stewart Island Experience branded catamaran
  • There will be a guided and interactive walk through the native forest on The Neck (approx 45 mins)
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required (total walking time approximately 2 hours depending on kiwi behaviour)
  • The walking track can be uneven and muddy at times, therefore please ensure you wear adequate footwear and are dressed for warmth including a wind and waterproof jacket
Cancellation Policy
  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience​
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience​
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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