These mischevious mountain birds are notorious for their ability to destroy anything that can be pulled apart with a beak - cars, tramping boots, you name it! Kea are found in many of New Zealand's alpine areas - Encounter them on the Kepler, Routeburn, or Milford TracksExplore the Kepler Track
On the remote and wild west coast of Stewart Island lies Mason Bay, a beautiful 12 mile crescent of sandy beach. The dunes here stretch inland as far as 3km and are an amazing example of New Zealand’s original dune ecosystem – one of international significance. The area also happens to be home to the highest population base of kiwi in the world. The beach is accessible only by chartered flight, or foot.Stewart Island Track
Ryan Donmoyer, NY Times – Stewart Island Track
The kiwi glanced at us, turned and waddled up the trail, its muscular legs supporting a squat, bristly backside. Then it made an abrupt about-face and plodded toward us. It sniffed curiously at Matt’s boot, made another about-face, and ran up the track into the dark.
I realized I had been holding my breath, so I exhaled. The whole experience had lasted less than five minutes, but it had made the entire trip to New Zealand worthwhile… I was thrilled…
Such an incredibly beautiful area! As soon as you step over the bridge at Wairaurahiri, the difference is dramatic – lush old growth rain forest, and the birdsong twice as loud! like being in another world… The coastline is amazing too, so wild and moody – we had rain, sunshine, and hail all in the space of an hour! Nothing beats arriving to a hot food and a roaring fire in a cozy hut after a hard days hike though. I can’t wait to do it again!
Lily, 10 – Lily’s Stewart Island Track report
Hi this is me Lily! I had such a cool time on the Stewart Island track. We landed on the beach at Mason Bay and walked to a hut and we saw a kiwi! We saw a weka too and it stole my keyring… On top of big sand hill we did a lot of sandune jumping and on the walk i took lots of photos here they are…
Dolphins at Dusk – Port Craig.
Dolphins at dusk, pikelets at the Percy Burn Viaduct and poetry at Port Craig . . . Fiordland sure turns on the charm, writes Shane Gilchrist of the The Otago Daily Times…