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 recognized 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 from Environmental Services who carry out essential monitoring of the Kiwis. Guests are transferred from the Lodge and taken to a particular site. They then walk for up to 30mins to locate the Kiwi’s habitat. Guests can observe the guide checking the Kiwi’s transmitter and watch it being weighed and measured. Guests can touch the Kiwi and take photographs. Kiwi’s do not like to be disturbed excessively and therefore we can only offer the below times.
The experience is available Monday through Saturday with the option of a morning walk or an afternoon walk. Maximum numbers per tour consist of 4. It is available for all guests, both Children and Adults. The terrain varies from a moderate walk to a difficult climb. Guests may walk through bush, heavy vegetation and undergrowth. We advise guests to wear suitable footwear – sneakers/tramping boots or we can provide gumboots. Also clothing that will suitable to get dirty/wet.
The cost is $550.00 per couple including GST or $350.00 for single walkers including GST. Children under 12 are complimentary when accompanied by an Adult. The majority of the experience fee is donated and given back to the Preserve.
All prices and tours are subject to availability and change.