Trip Details

Enjoy our introductory talk on kiwi, their special characteristics, behaviour and habitat , with time for your questions. We then depart for our kiwi spotting adventure by mini-van, stopping where necessary for short, slow walks, searching very quietly for kiwi. We may hear their shrill calls in the night, along with raucous chatter from kaka parrots or the lovely sound of the morepork on still nights. Gaze at the magnificent southern stars on clear nights. After our tour, we provide a courtesy transfer back to your accommodation.

Important: Images on this page were taken at Mason Bay. Evening / night photography is hard as we cannot use flash photos. However, we hope to bring accurate images of this tour soon. 

location

This tour operates in and within the surrounding area of Oban, Halfmoon Bay and on some of our nearby walking tracks.

birds seen

Our primary focus is on kiwi. As a wild and mainly nocturnal bird, we do not guarantee sightings, but we will do our best to show you a kiwi.

Wear and bring

We recommend sneakers rather than hiking boots, raincoat, warm clothing. We discourage rain trousers as they are noisy in the area we operate. Bring a torch or we can supply.

Testimonial

"I thoroughly enjoyed going with Furhana and would choose her guide service if I had the chance to do it again... We ended up seeing two Kiwis and had a wonderful evening learning about the wildlife of Stewart Island despite the rain and poor weather. Her knowledge base is incredible and her love for her profession shines..."

Itinerary

  • What we do

    Meet at the Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office 10 minutes prior to the tour starting.
    Following the introductory talk depart in search for kiwi. We return you to your accommodation after our tour.

Pricing & Info

Adult

NZ $135.00 per person

Child

NZ $95.00 per person

Includes

Introductory talk, guided tour, courtesy transfers back to accommodation, Department of Conservation fees (as applicable), admin costs.

$1.00 per person donated into our Conservation Fund.

Min Persons

4 persons

Max Persons

8 to 10 persons

Duration

Approx. 3 hours

Distance

Approx. 2 kms (1 mile)

Time

Approx. 1 to 1.5 hours before sunset, but can vary depending on sightings.

Terrain

Varies depending on location on the day.  From well formed gravel tracks, forest and road edges.

Start/End

Start: Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office
End: Courtesy transfer provided to accommodation.

Suitable for

Reasonable fitness.
Not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties or severely impaired night vision.
Not suitable for the elderly or children below the age of 12 years.

Departure Dates

Departs daily subject to demand / minimum numbers / weather conditions.
Prior bookings essential.