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Okarito Kiwi Tours

53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent91%
  • Very good7%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“kiwi tour” (12 reviews)
“success rate” (7 reviews)
“new zealand” (15 reviews)
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53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
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"his passion"
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

We can't say enough about our experience and Ian's expertise and passion for the birds and their protection. We went out two nights in a row and saw Kiwi very well on both nights. As Ian tells you, you really do need to be patient,...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Ian is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was the night before the cyclone so not the average night. We did see a kiwi in the undergrowth and the whole experience was something we won't forget.We were out until 1.15am and it was truly an...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Great evening with lots of information and a wonderful walk to search for and eventually glimpse this elusive bird

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I had the great good luck to have Ian Cooper, owner of Oikarito Tours,come to my rescue even though I was not on one of his tours. He found one of my pieces of luggage which was inadvertently left at a trail head in Okarito...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

It is something very special to see a kiwi, and even more special when you see it in the wild. Ian gives people the opportunity to do that, and he is good at what he does. You need a lot of patience to be on...More

Thank CRPetersen
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

I was never good at statues so playing it again in the middle of a rainforest at midnight was a challenge. I made fun for 40 still minutes by doing the robot & pretending I was in Vietnam, and that the divebombing mosquitos were trying...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Ian was an excellent guide and we had a wonderful time helping him to track kiwi for us all to see. Patience, calm and quiet made for a wonderful evening in the NZ bush. Would not recommend it for young children or those with a...More

Thank tarastarr87
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

A one off experience but do not do it if you can not keep still and quiet for prolonged period or put up with voracious mossies buzzing around your head the whole time. If you can then go for it. We did indeed have a...More

Thank Steve G
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

One of the things on our bucket list while visiting NZ was to see a Kiwi in the wild and it did not disappoint! Ian, our guide, is the perfect person to lead this tour with his immense understanding of kiwi behaviour allowing us to...More

Thank Nick L
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

These are the two attitudes you Need to bring to make this experience a once in a lifetime. Ian is a passionate guide (speaking German as well) and is doing everything possible to make you and the Kiwi feel comfortable. Don´t be dissappointed, if no...More

Thank mostarling
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Kelly M
4 September 2016|
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Response from OkaritoIan | Property representative |
Hi, every night is different...however...approx 8pm start time in January.
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4acadia
13 July 2016|
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Response from OkaritoIan | Property representative |
Hi, thanks David for the answer to the question. You are right, coming with me takes effort, participation, ownership and understanding. My priority, is that you get to see a WILD kiwi in its own habitat. I emphasise that... More
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