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Rob Wiedenmann

United States

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic experience! We were part of a group of 9, which I thought would be too large to have a chance to see a kiwi. After being issued with torches, dayglo safety vests and head-nets, our instructions were given -- quiet, no movement, stay in a line, no sound or gesturing. Mike was adamant that we followed instructions, and we practiced several times. Once he was convinced we were prepared, off we went. We walked on the road that led to Okarito while Mike used the antenna to pick up signals. Several times, he thought one of the males was close, only to have a car pass by and the kiwi stopped. After nearly 2 hours, a male called loudly, maybe 5 meters in front of us. We stood silently and without moving, in the dark. Then Mike pointed his red-filtered light onto the edge of the road, indicating where the kiwi would emerge. The bird emerged and ran across the road, near the one end of the line of us, giving us a look of less than 10 seconds. 'Run' is used loosely -- it looked more like it was off balance or needed a hip replacement. We only heard and saw the one male, but it was a wonderful experience. Mike clearly knew his stuff and his insistence that we comply with appropriate behavior paid off. Other than South Island Robin, no other birds were seen or heard. As long as anyone participating understands and is prepared to follow the 'rules', I would highly recommend this activity to see one of the world's very rare bird species!

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Terry Kirkhope

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

This was a great experience in a small group of 8. After being issued with torches, head-nets and extra clothes for those who needed them, we were thoroughly briefed and firmly marshalled by Mike; Ian was having a rare night off Despite twice being thwarted by unfortunately timed passing vehicles which caused the kiwis to stop their progress, Mike got us all in position to see 2 kiwis. The first one was a bit over 10 metres away, but the other was considerably closer. Despite the attentions of the advertised mosquitoes, this was a most enjoyable evening and an experience I would highly recommend

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Lars Grosse


Ranking: 10/10

Very informative, very interesting and fun evening. Tobi was a very passionate guide. After four patient hours we finally got to see our Kiwi - which was amazing!

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Leonie Aulbers

Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing and very interesting evening with Ian who is so passionate about the Kiwi, he knows them very well, and we were so lucky to see the Kiwi very well!! Thanks for this exciting kiwi adventure.

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Melanie and Pascal


Ranking: 9/10

I was very impressed by Ian who did really his best to show all of us a Kiwi. With success! Very professional, he used radio waves to detect them.

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Ian Reid


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent evening with Ian who is knowledgeable and passionate about the local Okarito Brown Kiwis. Patience is required, but we were rewarded with an unforgettable encounter.