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Joerg Susan

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Ian took us on an amazing trip into the bush in Okarito on March 11th, 2014.
After a short introduction of how to beh...

Ian took us on an amazing trip into the bush in Okarito on March 11th, 2014.
After a short introduction of how to behave during the tour, we sneeked through the night for a couple of hours. During that time we experienced probably the most remarkable event of our whole New Zealand trip, that was catching sight (even three times) of a kiwi in its natural habitat. The kiwi (it's been Joline, right?) stood directly in front of us, what we never had expected to see!!
Many thanks Ian, for that unforgetable experience, it was really awesome!

Reviewed 30 March 2014

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Trip Date 11 March 2014

What an amazing trip....thanks Joerg and Susan...

A big European night.....6 Germans, Swiss, French and English.....

Joeline was the star of the show.....we heard her in the bush, then, heard her call, then saw her really well.....

We also had a bonus on the way home, with Beaumont.

Thanks for the great review

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Terry Seaman

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We wanted a genuine experience of seeing wild kiwi in their natural habitat and we got it. Ian conducts his tours in...

We wanted a genuine experience of seeing wild kiwi in their natural habitat and we got it. Ian conducts his tours in a responsible manner that minimizes conditioning or impact on the rare, resident Okarito kiwi. The adventure of the tour includes the very animated Ian sharing kiwi facts and quietly walking through the dark bush in search of the elusive bird. We were very fortunate to come across three birds, one of which hung around the trail for a while and put on quite a show.
Viewing kiwi birds at the zoos and nature centers is interesting, but watching wild kiwi in their natural habitat is truly amazing.
Okarito Kiwi Tour is a must-do activity for anyone with an appreciation for nature and wildlife.

Reviewed 26 March 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 27 Feb 2014

Thanks for the description.....Fancy, Joeline, then Beaumont.....quite an adventure.

Ian

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Paul I

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This trip was brilliant on many levels. Ian is obviously knowledgeable regarding Kiwis. He is also very talented at g...

This trip was brilliant on many levels. Ian is obviously knowledgeable regarding Kiwis. He is also very talented at getting the best from a group of people. Spending the evening in a fabulous part of the world with Ian leading us on the quest to view a rare breed of Kiwi was truly enjoyable. Spending some time at the end of the tour gazing at the brilliant star lit sky was fantastic. Actually observing a Kiwi going about its business in the wild was 'the icing on the cake' and an experience money alone cannot buy. A real high point of our holiday.

Reviewed 19 March 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 25 Feb 2014

This was a nice trip...We didn't have to walk too far and it was an early night.

After hearing BZ and Beaumont....we saw Beaumont 3 times....A great view, a great night.

Ian

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Stephan Tegtmeier

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience! We had to search and show how patient we can be for a long time but in the end we saw 2 wild kiwi...

Amazing experience! We had to search and show how patient we can be for a long time but in the end we saw 2 wild kiwis. So worth it. Ian was a great guide.
Definitley my west coast highlight!

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in January 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 13 Jan 2013

Thanks Stephan.....You are right......we had to show sh#t loads of patience that night...

Finally at 12.08 you were rewarded with a sighting of BZ....Well done for hanging in there !

Ian

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Ludvig Fagerstrom

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice tour and guide. He will do his absolute best to find a kiwi to spot. Extra fun is that you have to be act...

Really nice tour and guide. He will do his absolute best to find a kiwi to spot. Extra fun is that you have to be active and help find this amazing bird. Bring lots of patience!

Reviewed 08 March 2014

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Trip Date - 26 Dec 2013

Thanks Ludvig....Deep in the territory of Fancy and Joeline......After hearing Whire Eyes and Husky call at 10.15, we were rewarded with a sighting of both Fancy and Joeline at 10.47, then had another good view of Fancy at 11.14....well done on your patience.

Ian

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Arjun Chandna

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

After three weeks of traveling around the South Island and seeing a whole host of amazing things... this was undoubte...

After three weeks of traveling around the South Island and seeing a whole host of amazing things... this was undoubtedly the highlight. An unforgettable evening. Thanks Ian.

Reviewed 06 March 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Eventually.... Arjun !!!!!!!

I think Arjun attempted this trip about 4 times !!! Either me, being away, or the weather stopped us.....So.........

Finally 24th Feb.....we all tracked into the bush and were rewarded with a nice sighting of Joeline at 10.50....

Thanks for your persistence

Ian

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K P

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

This was an amazing experience and Ian's passion and knowledge is admirable and it was definitely a highlight of our ...

This was an amazing experience and Ian's passion and knowledge is admirable and it was definitely a highlight of our NZ trip. Tour date 4 February 2014

Reviewed 22 February 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 4 Feb 2014

Thanks Karmen and John.

We saw Joeline a few times, then after seeing Fancy we heard a little bit of snuffling from the pair. The location we found these 2 in that night.....I have not been down that track since !

Thanks for your kind words

Ian

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Andrew Lowton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great tour. From the start to finding a kiwi took 3.5 hours but that didn't matter. Nor did the fast walk through a d...

Great tour. From the start to finding a kiwi took 3.5 hours but that didn't matter. Nor did the fast walk through a dark forest. Nor did the fact that we had to stand for ages listening. The silence, the stars, the kiwi calls, Ian's knowledge and sense of humour (British of course) and eventually the kiwi sighting made it all worthwhile.

Reviewed 27 January 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 24 Jan 2014

Thanks Andrew......a tough trip.

Finally we saw Beaumont, glad the group stayed trusting to the end.

Fancy and Joeline made it tough by not coming close, White Eyes evaded us. Was great to get the calls from these birds though.

Thanks for the positive review.

Ian

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Pam&Steve

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We joined Ian on 29 Dec 2013 for an unforgettable evening in the wild. It was close to the physical limits for us old...

We joined Ian on 29 Dec 2013 for an unforgettable evening in the wild. It was close to the physical limits for us older members of the group but the jaw dropping sight of a kiwi looking out of the bush and casually emerging to forage in front of the whole group had us feeling like 10 year olds on Xmas morning. Thank you - it was amazing.

Reviewed 23 January 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 29 Dec 2013

Thanks Steven and Pam. Was a great night....really nice to have so many New Zealanders out in one night.

Joeline popped out of the bush at 10.54. It took quite a bit of patience, but, you are so right, it was so worthwhile.

Thanks for your efforts

Ian

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Michael

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We joined Ian on Dec 20th 2013. It was a wonderful night, that Juliane and I will not forget again. And we would not ...

We joined Ian on Dec 20th 2013. It was a wonderful night, that Juliane and I will not forget again. And we would not forget it either if we had not seen a kiwi, because the experience, team building effort and in general 'being in the bush' was great. But after listening for kiwi steps for some time and hearing Fancy from further away, we did go back and, much to my amazement, we found BZ right next to the street. And then he also called in the end - a perfect end to a great tour - thanks Ian!

Michael

PS: Drove back very slowly the next day...

Reviewed 20 January 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 20 Dec 2013

Thanks Michael for the great review....funnily enough....Jan and John did see a kiwi on the road a they drove back to Franz Josef. This was a tough trip, we looked for Fancy and Joeline......then headed back to look for BZ and Beaumont. We got a great view of BZ at 11.30, then, he called from quite close 15 mins later.
Thanks again

Ian

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Bob Kusesia

United States

Leave space in your schedule for just wandering - many cities have lovely parks, domain lands and botanic gardens. Albert Park in central Auckland is awesome.

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anemone678

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What a night! Was so excited to hear Fancy (or was it Jolene) snuffling through the forrest. Thats right I heard a ki...

What a night! Was so excited to hear Fancy (or was it Jolene) snuffling through the forrest. Thats right I heard a kiwi snuffling! Was amazing to see a kiwi poke its head out of the bushes and another run down the track with that hilarious looking bum. Nothing more interesting and cute. Ian is a wealth of knowledge and his passion definitely makes the trip. Thanks so much Ian - loved every moment. Justine (Australian)

Reviewed 19 January 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date Boxing Day 2013

Thanks Justine, nice description of a lovely night out in the bush in Okarito.
We saw Fancy and Joeline, then saw Fancy wander off down the track away from us.
We also had a beautiful duet from both birds....Stunning.

Thanks for the great review.

Ian

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Jennifer Valder

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A really great tour! We joined Ian's tour on 28th December and saw two birds :-)
After we left Ian's house we drove t...

A really great tour! We joined Ian's tour on 28th December and saw two birds :-)
After we left Ian's house we drove to the forest nearby. After a little walk we got to a position where Ian located Fancy. It was really exciting to stand there an hear into the forest. Finally we listened to the big CRUNCH Ian told us about and we saw Fancy coming out of the bush! As we went back to the bus we also saw BZ near the street. It was amazing to see them doing their picking and sniffling in the forest!
Many thanks to Ian for this great experience and the lot of things we learned about kiwis. This was one of the highlights of our trip to NZ! Jenny and Tim

Reviewed 14 January 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 28 Jan 2013

Thanks Jennifer for the great review.

A great European night, Germany and Spain.

We got a couple of calls at 10.22 and 10.24.

30 minutes later Fancy popped out onto the track for us all to see. Back near the car park, we caught up with BZ at 11.30. Another terrific group pulling together to see one of the rarest birds in the World.

Ian

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doris parker

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

What a magical experience, saw 2 kiwis and heard another crashing through the bush!
Ian is a great guide but also tak...

What a magical experience, saw 2 kiwis and heard another crashing through the bush!
Ian is a great guide but also takes his time educating the "team" and making everyone kiwi advocates. Through the radio telemetry he can place you where the kiwis will appear, hence we met Jolene up close and personal and heard her mate cross the path and move on his way.
Then Ian did some real magic and whilst organizing us to be ready to see BZ, BZ appeared and approached us!
Truely magical and I will recommend this to everyone.

Reviewed 14 January 2014

Okarito Kiwi Tours responds:

Trip Date 10 Jan 2014

I think......Better than Dynamo, was a good description !

This was a great trip because both Fancy and Joeline ( now mastered on guitar ) were in the terrible triangle. A huge bit of bush that once in, I rarely see a bird. However, both birds came our way.
We all saw Joeline at 10.24, then, heard Fancy in the bush after he had crossed the track.

The real magic was saved for the way home.....well described Doris.....

Thanks

Ian