What you'll do
Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Guided Kiwi Walk (EVENING) 5.00pm - 8.30pm (3.5hrs) Please note: Summer Hours are different (7.30pm-11pm). Pick up/Drop off: Matakana I-Site. (Just outside the Cinema Complex in Matakana Village. (1hr North of Auckland). This is an exclusive Airbnb tour into an amazing bird sanctuary that just so happens to have one of Auckland's favourite surf beach's, campgrounds and walking trails! Come with me as I show you my 'back yard'. No really, I literally grew up here. My father was the Park Ranger here for over 30years, and lucky us got to live and breath Tawharanui as much as we wanted! This evening tour is a chance to hear and maybe even see the elusive nocturnal bird of New Zealand.... The Northern Brown Kiwi!! Bring: Your lovely selves and a quiet night time voice as to not scare these beautiful birds away. If you have one; a red lighted torch / head torch. If not, no worries as I have spare. Decent walking shoes - trainers or hiking shoes.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
Hi, my name is Ness and I am a born and bred kiwi lass from Tawharanui, North Auckland! I've travelled the world and am yet to find a beach and coastal area that beats Tawharanui! I want to share this amazing area with people and host people from anywhere and everywhere as tour guiding is my forte and profession! For the past 5 years I have worked as an outdoor hiking guide around various parts of New Zealand and also just started a small wine and craft beer tour business here in the Matakana Region. My passion is people and creating a genuine Kiwi experience!! (literally)
Hot chocolate & home made cookies while learning about the area and awaiting dark for our nocturnal friends!
Modern minivan transport to and from our destination.
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Where you'll be
You'll be transported in my modern minivan out to Tawharanui Park. We will then walk along side the beach at Anchor Bay, and up to the start of the Ecology Trail. From there we will quietly carry on our short walk, though well maintained track in search of Kiwi and listen out for their beautiful yet shrill call. The chance to not only hear but potentially see our national bird is the best chance you'll get in such close proximity to Auckland.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 8 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
There are public buses to Matakana from Auckland. Check out the Metro timetable here: https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/
Evening Kiwi Walk North Auckland