Our Winter Night Walks season is now finished for 2020!
However, please keep an eye on this page and our Whakatāne Kiwi Trust Facebook page for announcements
about special walks being held over the school holidays in January 2021.
Come along and learn about our local kiwi population and the work being done by our amazing volunteers to protect our national icon and other native taonga (treasures). Listen carefully and if you’re lucky you might even hear the call of kiwi or weka!
Our night walks season traditionally runs from April to June each year, as this is the best time to hear kiwi calling to each other! In 2020, we will be running two night walks per week, with Thursday nights in Mokorua Bush Scenic Reserve and Friday nights in Ōhope Scenic Reserve.
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). Also, don’t forget to wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear (e.g. NOT 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 be notified by a phone call to those people who have booked on the walk.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Announcement:
Our first priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of both our visitors and guides. Therefore, we will be limiting the number of people on each walk and reducing the duration of the event to two hours.
At COVID-19 Alert Level 2, a safety briefing will be conducted prior to the walk commencing, outlining the requirements around social distancing, hygiene and emergency procedures. If you would prefer to wear a mask or latex gloves, please bring your own as these will not be provided.
Kiwi aren’t the only stars of the show on the walks. There are usually lots of ruru (morepork) heard and many nocturnal creepy-crawly invertebrates come out hunting at night, like spiders and wētā, as well as the huge 15cm+ native centipedes.
At any time of the year you can do the self-guided Fairbrother loop walk during the day or at night. If you can’t make it to one of our public night walks during the season, we highly recommend taking this self-guided map and exploring Ōhope Scenic Reserve at night!