As a guest of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers we are delighted to offer an exclusive experience to view our treasured native bird – the Kiwi. Because the Kiwi is a semi-nocturnal secretive bird, few New Zealanders have seen their national bird in the wild.
The Kiwi is the sole survivor of an ancient order of birds including the now extinct Moa’s. There are five recognised species - all of which are endangered. We currently have the North Island brown Kiwi on site. They are a flightless bird; about the size of a domestic fowl and has coarse, bristly, hair-like feathers. We currently have over 40 on the property. They range in age from less than one year up until 12 years.
Tours are arranged with an experienced guide who carry out essential monitoring of the Kiwis. Guests are transferred from the Lodge and taken to a particular site. Guests will then walk for up to an hour to locate the Kiwi’s habitat. Guests can observe the guide checking the Kiwi’s transmitter and watch it being weighed and measured. Guests will have the opportunity to hold the Kiwi and take photographs.
The experience is available everyday with the option of a morning walk or an afternoon walk and the maximum number of guests per tour is 6. It is available for all guests, both Children and Adults. The terrain varies from a moderate walk to a difficult climb and guests may walk through bush, heavy vegetation and undergrowth. We therefore advise our guests to wear suitable footwear such as sneakers or tramping boots, and clothing that will be suitable for a dirty or wet environment.
The tariff for this experience is $575.00 per couple including GST, or $375.00 for single walkers including GST. The tariff for children 12 or under is $100.00 including GST. The tours are offered from November – April annually. A portion of the price charged is transferred directly to the Cape Kidnappers’ Sanctuary to help them continue their work of preserving our native species.
All prices and tours are subject to availability and change.