Our wonderful guides found several kiwis for us to watch as they fed near the beach.It was a thrill to see them, particularly since one was within a few feet of our group.
Tokoeka are a taonga species (a natural treasure and highly valued) for Rakiura Maori.
The kiwi relies on a highly developed sense of smell and touch, rather than sight.
During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history.
Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck.
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We did see kiwi on the beach and in the bush as well as an excellent view of the Milky Way. We had lightning and a brief hailstorm as well as clear skies in the same trip!! Saw three kiwis and a very over excited sea lion too.Since the epic swim of John van Leeuwen in 1963 only four others have officially swum Foveaux Strait.The record holder is Southlander Todd Utteridge, who completed the swim in 8 hours 40 minutes in 1989.We stayed with the Kiwi for at least 20 more minutes and got the 2nd group to share the wonder.After we left the beach and were walking back to the boat in the forest we spotted another Kiwi walking down our path. Visited April 2017 David C via Trip Advisor 29 March 2017 This trip was a treat.A reasonable level of fitness is required (total walking time approximately 2 hours depending on kiwi behaviour).