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dkr

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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 rarest birds on our planet.
Ian managed to make it an unforgettable and exciting night including a lot of fun. The whole but yet small group (8 persons) has to struggle to listen for some "crunch crunch" or rustling in the bush and then provide a quiet signal to the others if having the feel there could be Kiwi near by. This creates an exciting atmosphere while the forest is slowly getting darker and darker and the Morepork owl is crying through the night . Whispering voices: "Have you heard something?" "Not sure, could also be a leave falling down." Torches sparkling and Ian with his antenna searching for near "Beep" of one of the transmitters.
So if you would like to join an exciting and funfull wildlife night adventure with very good chances of seeing a Kiwi then I clearly recommend to do a Kiwi tour with Ian and his colleagues.

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Ben Jackson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Just really great - Ian is great, and I got to see a Kiwi. Probably my favourite thing from a 6 week holiday in NZ. Thanks a lot!

Ben

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Pete Russell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Jan and I have since returned to the UK following an amazing evening's visit to Okarito, we vividly remember both seeing and hearing Rowi under the guidance of Ian's expert knowledge and field craft. A highly recommended trip which is bound to be a highlight of any NZ tour. Thanks Ian for a memorable evening, please keep up the excellent work.
Peter Russell

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Bryce Hain

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

My partner and I were lucky enough to do a kiwi tour with Ian. He was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. He made seeing the Kiwi bird our mission and we not only saw 1 but 3!!!! It was absolutely amazing, one of the highlights of our NZ trip :). Highly recommended!

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Mica&Inspector

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Even though we returned back home from NZ couple of weeks ago - we are still keep talking about the amazing night out with Ian Cooper! It was definitely one of our NZ highlights!!! Ian just loves what he does, and so it's a pleasure to spend time with him. It is not a tour about tourist, it's a tour about Kiwis. If you are into nature and wildlife, you have to join Ian on his tours! He taught us a lot about Kiwis and how they live. And he explained that we would be very lucky if we could see ONE Kiwi during our tour. But what we experienced on hour tour nobody would have expected! We actually saw TWO Kiwis - really close - in their native habitat without them noticing that we are around. As if this would not be enough - they met to make Kiwi love! :D
It was extraordinary to experience nature as it should be.
Dear Ian, thank you so much for bringing us so close to the Okarito Kiwis Beaumont & BZ!
Best
Michaela & Thorsten

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Lois Harter

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous experience with Ian Cooper's tour last night. Ian is a true professional - informative, engaging and passionate. He quickly had us all involved in the magic of seeing Okarito Brown Kiwis in their native habitat, mosquitoes and all! He ensured we were well prepared and did everything to optimize the chances of success. Seeing two kiwis in this manner was a highlight of our NZ journey - thank you!

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