On Friday evenings during April, May and June, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust run their popular night walks. These walks are guided by long-time volunteer for the Trust, Russell Ingram-Seal, with the help of other experienced volunteer guides.
It is with sadness that we must inform you that all public Night Walks are cancelled until further notice. This is in response to the New Zealand Government’s announcement this afternoon that the country has moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, with Alert Level 4 to commence at midnight on Wednesday.
Refunds have been processed for all existing bookings and those concerned have been contacted directly. We are also in the process of cancelling the Night Walks event series on the Eventfinda website.
Our thoughts are with you all, and we hope that you stay healthy and happy over the weeks to come.
All Night Walks take place in Ōhope Scenic Reserve. Once your booking is confirmed, you will be emailed additional information, including a map showing where to meet.
Koha (Donation): $20 per Adult (16 years and over), $10 per Child, or $50 for a family group of two adults and two or more children. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the Trust to fund it’s predator control and kiwi management operations. Please bring cash with you on the night.
The walks start at 7.00 pm and last for two and a half hours. Participants will learn about the the local area and the work being done by Whakatāne Kiwi Trust volunteers to protect kiwi and other native flora and fauna. Listen carefully for kiwi calls and other bird song, and if you’re really lucky a kiwi might even make a special appearance!
Please note that 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 bring any personal medication you may require (e.g. asthma inhalers). Finally, don’t forget to wear suitable clothing and footwear (e.g. NOT sandals or jandals) and bring a torch, some snacks, a drink and a camera!
In the event of poor weather or unforeseen circumstances, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust reserves the right to cancel a walk. This will usually be notified by a phone call to those people who have booked on the walk.
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.
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!