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Adults: From $125
Children (12 & Under): From $80


1.5 – 2 hours


Times change during the year but are anywhere from 7.30pm in May to 11pm in December – whenever darkness of the night falls.


August – May (except Christmas Day)

Group Size:

Ideally 2 – 9 people. If you are wanting an exclusive option please enquire at for rates and options.


Experience one of New Zealand's treasures (Taonga)

Come join us and spy one of New Zealand’s absolute treasures, the Southern Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka), in its natural habitat. The Tokoeka is the largest of the five kiwi species. At Beaks & Feathers we are truly privileged to be able to show our guests these iconic birds.

Beaks & Feathers have exclusive access to private land where the kiwi comes out to forage under the cover of darkness.

Meet us approximately half an hour after sunset at the Beaks & Feathers office on Main Road for a pre-tour briefing.

Then we make the short road journey to the private land Beaks & Feathers have exclusive access to.

One of our passionate experienced kiwi guides will take you to the favoured areas of these rare iconic birds, where you can quietly spy these native birds while they reveal their quirky personalities.

You can listen for Kiwi & Morepork off in the distance and on a clear night you can marvel at the clear starry night above. On a rare occasion an Aurora Australis has even been seen.

  • Terrain on this tour is relatively flat but there are grass areas of uneven ground. Sturdy waterproof shoes are recommended.
  • The land we have access to has no shelter so please dress accordingly. It can be very cold.
  • We provide red filter torches and you are welcome to bring binoculars and a camera. We do ask that the flash and shutter sounds are off.
  • We highly recommend making the most of the experience by watching the kiwi through your own senses rather than a camera lens.
  • Short drive to kiwi spotting site
  • Experienced guide for duration of the tour
  • Drop off back to your accomodation
  • Concession fees
  • Donation towards predator control in Kiwi spotting area
  • Bird watches
  • Nature lovers
  • Families, couples, singles
  • Night sky enthusiasts

A moderate level of fitness is needed. Guests must be able to walk unassisted in the dark for up to 2 hours and be able to manage getting in and out of a van unassisted.

Kiwi are wild animals. We are very lucky that we can see multiple kiwi per tour (99% viewing success), but please know that these birds are wild and have a mind of their own. As much as we would like to, we cannot control their behaviour. Our guests see more kiwi more often, but if on the unlikely occurrence we do not see kiwi, we cannot offer a refund or tour credit due to concession fees and guide wages which must be paid what ever the outcome.

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Interest in an EXCLUSIVE tour?

Enjoy an exclusive tour where it is just the two of you or maybe an adventure with only your friends and family. Whether your want to explore Ulva Island, Ulva by Land & Sea, Port William/Maori Beach, go Kiwi Spotting or one of the many other great walks around Stewart Island, you will be looked after by our knowledgeable and experienced local guides.

Call us on 027 316 3077 or email us now.

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