Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter
Day Tour - from £118
New Zealand’s untouched ‘third island’ provides the perfect setting for the Kiwi to make their home. Join a small group tour on Stewart Island to see the elusive national icon in wild.
Your Tour Includes:
- Scenic evening cruise across Paterson Inlet
- Experienced nature guide
- Small group adventure with a maximum of 16 people
- Two hour guided walk
Your Day Tour
At dusk depart from Stewart Island’s Halfmoon Bay in a high-speed catamaran for a cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove. During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island’s rich history. Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck.
The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach.
As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. The 45-minute walk leads on to sweeping Ocean Beach, a popular spot where kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed.
Here in the darkness you will get to see the Southern brown kiwi in the wild.
Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island.
Pick up from: Oban Wharf Ferry Terminal, Stewart Island
1 Nov – 31 Dec and 1 Mar – 31 Mar: 7.00pm
1 Jan – 28 Feb: 8.30pm
1 Apr – 30 Apr and 1 Sep – 31 Oct: 6.00pm
1 May – 31 May: 5.30pm.
Duration: 4 hours