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Nau mai, haere mai ki
Kaitiaki Kiwi


Kaitiaki Kiwi, where the magic of Kiwi conservation comes alive. Join our passionate tāngata whenua (people of the land) on an extraordinary journey through privately owned and secluded Ōmataroa forest lands. Led by our knowledgeable kaiārahi (local guide), you will embark on a voyage of manaakitanga (care) and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) for Aotearoa New Zealand's national treasure, the Kiwi.

Prepare for an exclusive experience that will leave you in awe. Dependent upon the time of the year you may witness the release of a Kiwi chick into the forest, or listen to the captivating call of Kiwi during the mating season, or participate in Kiwi egg uplifting for conservation efforts, or assist with a Kiwi health check. These encounters offer unique opportunities to observe these remarkable birds in their natural habitat and contribute to their ongoing protection.

Delve into the heart of our Kiwi recovery programme, gaining in-depth knowledge about the vital work being done to safeguard this iconic species. Discover how you can continue to support Kiwi conservation efforts long after your visit, becoming a champion for these beloved birds.

Your journey will also take you to our Puhikōkō reserve, a serene off-grid eco-centre nestled high in the Ōmataroa hills. Immerse yourself in Mātauranga Māori, as our kaiārahi shares the history of our ancestors' arrival and flourishing in this region. Gain insights into important Māori customs, protocols, and even learn your own mihi (Māori introduction). Explore the realm of rongoā (natural Māori medicine) and create your own kawakawa or tātarāmoa tea, renowned for its relaxing properties and digestive benefits. Along the way, discover the rich tapestry of flora and fauna, and their profound significance to the forest ecosystem and Māori way of life.

Indulge in a delightful kai (meal) in a picturesque natural setting, savoring the flavors of traditional cuisine while surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Join us on this extraordinary eco-tour, where conservation, culture, and adventure intertwine. Book now and embark on an unforgettable journey as a Kaitiaki Kiwi, leaving a lasting impact on the preservation of these cherished national birds and creating memories that will stay with you forever.

Tour Time - 4 hours.


As kaitiaki (guardians) our encounters prioritise the wellbeing of the Kiwi. As such Kiwi encounter experiences vary throughout the season. Specific details of your tour are confirmed upon booking.

This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to proceed, with a maximum capacity of 8 that we can accommodate

Price: $280 per person

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