If you are willing to spend three hours, two of which will be spent standing quietly in a dark forest covered from head to toe (with a mosquito hat over your head), to see the rare Rowi (Okarito Kiwi), then this is the tour for you. We only heard and then saw one kiwi. It came within two metres of me, maybe closer to others in the group (there were 10 of us). It quickly scrambled across the path and then disappeared into the bush again. Our sighting was brief. We also heard morepork but did not see any. We were content to have seen the one kiwi, but we would have been happier to see two, of course. You must follow Ian's commands: stand in a certain formation and face a certain direction, come when called, not wear noisy clothes such as waterproof jackets and pants, etc. He's not a relaxed or warm person, and can come off as abrasive. But he is passionate about the rowi, and you do leave feeling like you've been on a bit of an forest adventure. You'll also leave feeling that rowi, while still struggling to survive, are being looked after by dedicated folks like Ian. Please note, no photos allowed.
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