On Friday evenings during April, May and June, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust will run their popular Kiwi Night Walks. These walks are guided by long-time volunteer for the Trust, Russell Ingram-Seal, with the help of other experienced volunteer guides.
Our night walks for 2018 are now fully booked! The walks will be back again in 2019 and we hope to see you there!
Ōhope Scenic Reserve, 7.00pm, every Friday in April, May and June
Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Children and $40 for a family group of two adults and two or more children
Please book early as the walks are popular and numbers are strictly limited to 20 people. If the date you want doesn’t appear on the menu below it means this walk has sold out!
The walks start at 7pm and last for two and a half hours, which includes an introduction to the area and work being done to protect kiwi. A reasonable level of physical fitness is required as we will be going off the public tracks. Whilst the Trust team will have first aid kits, please do not forget to bring any personal medication you may require e.g. asthma inhalers. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear (e.g. NOT sandals or jandals) and bring a torch, some snacks, a drink and a camera.
Kiwi aren’t the only stars of the show on the walks. There are usually lots of morepork heard and many different nocturnal creepy-crawly invertebrates come out hunting at night, like spiders and wētā, as well as the huge 15+ cm native centipedes.Russell
At any time of the year you can do the self-guided Fairbrother loop during the day or as a night walk. If you can’t make a Friday during the Kiwi Night Walks season, we highly recommend taking the self-guided map and exploring Ōhope Scenic Reserve at night!