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Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter

Help code: B92-28D2

  • Scenic duck cruise to Little Glory Bay
  • Experienced nature guide
  • 45 Minute guided walk through native forest
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board
  • Wild Kiwi Encounter on the sandy beach
  • Small group tour
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Explore the popular Stewart Island region in the evening with this Wild Kiwi Encounter. The adventure begins with a scenic sunset cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove, passing some of the region's most historic sites. Combining sightseeing and an informative journey, once you've arrived you'll embark on a short bush walk through the luscious coastal forest before reaching one of the island's secluded beaches.

Upon reaching the beach, you'll have the chance to get up close to Southern Brown Kiwis as they search the beach for food in their natural habitat. Stewart Island is the only place where you can find this specific type of Brown Kiwi, making this adventure a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Catering for small groups of up to 30 people, you'll be treated to an intimate experience complete with complimentary tea and coffee on the cruise. If, by chance, no Kiwis are encountered or seen by anyone on your trip, you'll be refunded by the operator.

Inclusions

  • Scenic evening cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Bay
  • Experienced nature guide
  • Guided walk through native first for 45 minutes
  • Encounter Kiwi on a sandy beach
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board

Highlights

  • Depart Oban on the Foveaux Express from Halfmoon Bay at dusk and cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove
  • Cruise past historic settlement sites on The Neck and learn about Stewart Island’s rich history and nature along the way
  • Guided bush walk by torchlight through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach where Kiwi are often found searching for food after nightfall
  • In the darkness, you’ll get up close to the Southern Brown Kiwi in its unspoilt natural habitat
  • After searching for Kiwi, the group will return to the vessel along forest track and cruise back to Oban Main Wharf

Time

  • Nov & Mar: 7.30pm - 11.00pm
  • Dec - Feb: 8.30pm - 12.30am
  • Apr: 5.00pm - 9.00pm
  • May: 4.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Sep: 5.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Oct: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
  • Duration will be approximately 4 hours (depending on sunset, weather and kiwi behaviour)
  • Stewart Island Experience, Main Wharf, Oban

What To Bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots (up to approximately 2 hours walking on uneven and muddy tracks)
  • Waterproof jacket (kiwis are very sensitive to noise so please wear a soft, quiet option where possible)
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera (although no flash photography is allowed around the kiwi)

Additional Information

  • Activities and vessels in Stewart Island are branded as Stewart Island Experience
  • Small Group (15 per guide, maximum of 30 per trip)
  • We will be using one of our purpose built vessels, Foveaux Express, for the cruise from Oban to Little Glory Cove
  • Look for Stewart Island Experience branded catamaran
  • There will be a guided and interactive walk through the native forest on The Neck (approx 45 mins)
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required (total walking time approximately 2 hours depending on kiwi behaviour)
  • The walking track can be uneven and muddy at times, therefore please ensure you wear adequate footwear and are dressed for warmth including a wind and waterproof jacket
  • Kiwi 100% Guarantee - If Kiwi are not encountered by anyone on the trip, you will be refunded 100% of the Wild Kiwi Encounter. Please note, if one person within the group views a Kiwi, there is no refund

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
Need help? Contact our friendly customer support service. 1300 935 532 Help Code: B92-28D2
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