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Okarito Kiwi Tours

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Address: 53 The Strand, Okarito, New Zealand
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+64 3-753 4330
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Muliple Award Winners Okarito Kiwi Tours takes you deep into kiwi habitat...

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.

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Amazing and exciting Kiwi spotting (Must-Do in NZ)

The Kiwi tour with Ian was one of our highlights during 6 weeks vacation in New Zealand and we will remember it forever. And yes, we saw a Kiwi - just for 10 seconds - but anyway... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dirk K
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Kiwi tour with Ian was one of our highlights during 6 weeks vacation in New Zealand and we will remember it forever. And yes, we saw a Kiwi - just for 10 seconds - but anyway it was more about the whole evening and night experience than only about this short moment of luck of seeing one of the... More 

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Hi Dirk. You are correct in everything you say....including the last bit ;o) More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want an opportunity to see an endangered bird in its natural habitat, this is the tour to do. Ian and Toby (the other tour guide) are both very passionate about protecting the kiwi and making sure people are educated about them, as well as delivering a memorable experience. Be warned - bring patience! Ian warns you beforehand, and... More 

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Great Honest Review......Patience Patience and Patience is required for the 'Real Deal' wildlife experience. Well done on achieving the almost impossible ! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Must go if you want the experience to see a wild kiwi in the forest! Do ensure you have a proper dinner before the tour as it will end about 10pm. You are not allowed to wear clothes that make noise when you walk (you will get a clothing inspection before the tour starts). No phones and camera allows. Depend... More 

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for spending the time to write a review. Great effort and well done. We enjoy what we do, it never gets boring and its always nice to dust a little passion onto others ! More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I absolutely loved my experience in Okarito. Ian is so passionate about conservation and the tour was informative and memorable. Cannot recommend it more highly.

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Chelsea....Short Sharp Compact Clear Review......Most importantly...Correct ! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Crunch... crunch...crunch... You are standing in the dark forest, wearing your mosquito hat, listening to a variety of strange noises and are waiting for those unmistakable footsteps Ian (your expert guide) was talking about. You know you have to be patient, as Ian was very clear about this in his briefing. You are holding your breath, trying to be an... More 

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Thank Afilnor
OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Hi....Ian ( Your expert guide...I like that ) wants to thank you for a very descriptive, honest and humourous review. I am glad to be the highlight of your trip to NZ, but, it's you guys that made it possible to become a highlight ! I loved your company and love meeting travellers like you ! Ian ( Your Expert... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We enjoyed the Okarito Kiwi Tours experience during our trip trough the South island of New Zealand, and it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I was very excited about this activity because I have always wanted to see a real kiwi in their enviroment....I had good expectations but I never expected how good it was... More 

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Sara / Pau I really really loved reading this review over and over again. It's so important to me that people walk again with an empathy for wildlife, for wildlife experience, for encounters that can't be bought or sold. I will continue to allow people to see kiwi in THEIR natural environment and continue to respect that we are a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This is a must do if you are in the area. You need to book and they only go out on dry night. Both guides are very good at finding the elusive Rowi- we saw 3 with Ian in the bush. All under the starry Milky Way. Be prepared for a good walk (we walked 5k over the night according... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Kiwis are birds unique to New Zealand and are represented currently by five species. Okarito Kiwi is the trickiest of the five to see, partly because they live in thick bush and partly because they are so rare. To see them requires either luck, a lot of time or a specialist company. There is no better outfit to see this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Had an amazing tour with Ian and a small group of other travelers! The night was one of my highlights from my 4 month trip to NZ and getting to learn about and then see a kiwi in the wild, instead of at a zoo or sanctuary was something very special. Even got to see a kiwi bird call out... More 

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Great Review, thanks for being so patient, great rewards ! More 

San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Just finished a private tour with Ian Cooper, the Okarito brown kiwi expert. After 2 hours of quietly listening throughout the pitch black rain forest, we saw, Fancy, one of the 3 males that Ian has been observing for the last 18 years. It came right next to us! Ian was awesome - insanely funny and knowledgable. He went out... More 

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OkaritoIan, Owner at Okarito Kiwi Tours, responded to this review

Gotta say.........I enjoyed your company just as much.....thanks for tolerating my stories and swearing ! More 

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