Water activity

Stewart Island: Wild Kiwi Encounter

4.8 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: RealNZ

Stewart Island: Wild Kiwi Encounter

Activity provider: RealNZ

From US$ 129.20 per person

Depart Oban at dusk and make your way to Little Glory Cove by ferry. Here you will begin your guided bush walk by torchlight through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach where Kiwi are often spotted searching for food.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Spot wild Kiwi in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise across Paterson Inlet
  • Embark on a 2-hour guided nature walk by torchlight through spectacular native forest
Full description
At dusk, depart from Stewart Island's Halfmoon Bay in a catamaran. Cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove, passing Ulva Island, a predator-free sanctuary, and learning about Stewart Island's rich history along the way. Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck. The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. The walk will take about 45 minutes one-way and the track emerges on to Ocean Beach. Keep your eyes peeled for Southern Brown Kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) searching for food among the seagrass on the beach. Afterward, retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island.
  • Round-trip cruise
  • Guided nature walk with specialist guide
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on the cruise
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 15 years
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Please arrive at the Visitor Terminal of Stewart Island Experience 20 minutes before the activity starts.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Hiking shoes
    • Rain gear
    • Insect repellent

    Not allowed

    • Flash photography
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 14 reviews

    Review summary

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    November 8, 2022

    Awesome! We saw so much wildlife as well as seeing the kiwis, and the guides and crew really looked after us all, and were just as excited to see the wildlife!

    October 24, 2022

    April 29, 2022

    Product ID: 218379