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Evening Kiwi Walk - Tawharanui Sanctuary - Ex Matakana


Join your local tour guide, Ness, for a fantastic evening exploring the Tawharanui Bird Sanctuary, home to the New Zealand Kiwi!


  • Small group tour
  • Explore the gorgeous Tawharanui Open Sanctuary
  • Experience the Northern Brown Kiwi’s habitat
  • A fantastic chance to hear, and possibly even see the elusive Kiwi!

Join your local tour guide, Ness, for a fantastic evening exploring the Tawharanui Bird Sanctuary, home to the New Zealand Kiwi!

This thriving sanctuary is located on a remote peninsula in the Hauraki Gulf and is the perfect habitat for Kiwi and other native NZ birds such as the Kereru, Tui, Native Owl, Morpork and more.

With native forest, lush pastures and wetlands, gorgeous coastal views and sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why the Kiwi call Tawharanui home.

Beginning at dusk, you’ll set off with your local guide in search of Kiwi by red torchlight. Keep an ear out for the shrill call of the Kiwi, it is very distinctive and almost mesmerizing. You will learn how to identify the difference between the male and female calls as well as other fascinating facts about these wonderful birds throughout the tour.

If you are lucky you may even get the chance to see these treasured nocturnal birds!

The small group numbers of the tour ensure you get the most out of your experience, making for a memorable and informative evening exploring the sanctuary and habitat of the New Zealand Kiwi!

Adult $85.00 (Ages 13+)
Child $45.00 (Aged up to 12 years)


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Pick up/Drop off: Matakana I-Site. Just outside the Cinema Complex in Matakana Village (1hr North of Auckland).


  • The trails are well maintained, and relatively flat with just a few undulations. Total distance walked will vary, but averages about 2km for the tour..

  • Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Guided Kiwi Walk (3hrs)

    7.30pm 10.30pm (Summer)

    5.00pm 8.00pm (Winter)

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Josie Rishworth from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020


Great tour guide Ness who shares her enthusiasm for the hard-to-find Kiwi species. We were extremely lucky to get a close encounter with a large female kiwi for ~10 mins. As a New Zealander I never knew I could get so close, and so close to Auckland! Complete with hot Milo and delicious cookies, Ness puts on a good show and a very memorable tour. Thank you so much!

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ellanorf from New Zealand wrote on 25 October 2020


An amazing experience and an excellent guide .

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Barry Houlbrooke from New Zealand wrote on 07 October 2020

After Dark

Thanks for a great trip last night Vanessa. I would normally go home before dark and miss the best time in the park. Amazing to see the brown teal duck with her ducklings so close. You tried so hard for us to see the kiwis. They were there but not showing themselves this time. Enjoyed the experience regardless.

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Noeline from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2020

Incredible Experience

Amazing walk, plenty of knowledge, overall an exceptional experience and one we will never forget. Who would have known the nocturnal nature on our doorstep, thanks Ness, we will we back!!

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Paul Catmur from New Zealand wrote on 24 February 2020

Close up Kiwis

The tour started a little slowly with regard to sightings, but towards the end we were sitting watching kiwis going about their business from a couple of meters away. Without our guide we would never have spotted them.

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