Kiwi Month Events

October is National Kiwi Month and the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust has a number of community events planned to raise awareness about our national icon and the amazing work that Whakatāne Kiwi Trust volunteers do in our local reserves. 

There are also some fun, family-friendly activities to get the kids outdoors and active during the school holidays!   


Kids Kiwi Caravan Mornings

Dates:  Tuesday 12 October 2021 (5 – 8 year olds: parental supervision required)                                                              Wednesday 13 October 2021 (9 – 12 year olds: parental supervision optional)
Time:  9.00 am – 11.30am
Location:  Mahy Reserve, Ōhope
Cost: $10 per child (no charge for parents)

Looking for something to do these school holidays? Why not celebrate Kiwi Month by joining the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust for a fun morning of art and activities, finished off with a hīkoi in the bush!

Kids are to bring their own morning tea, which we will enjoy under the pōhutukawa trees before walking the Fairbrother Loop Track.  The bushwalk will take approximately one hour to complete so moderate fitness is recommended.   Please bring: a water bottle, snacks, warm clothing, a raincoat and any personal medication. Sturdy walking shoes/hiking boots are recommended (no jandals!),

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL as places are strictly limited! To book go to:



Kids Discovery Dusk Walk

Date: Thursday 14 October 2021 and Wednesday the 27th of October
Time: 06.30pm – 8.30pm 
Location:  Carpark at the end of White Horse Drive, Whakatāne                                                                              Cost: $10 Child (<16), $20 Adult, $50 Family Pass

Venture into the bush at dusk and discover a new world of sights and sounds!

– Listen for kiwi, ruru and weka.
– Check out the spiders and huge cave wētā
– Look in the stream for native fish like the giant kōkopu
– Hunt for kiwi footprints
– Learn about the work of the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust and what our amazing volunteers are doing to protect kiwi and native taonga (treasures!)

Age guide: 5 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult and a maximum of four children per accompanying adult is recommended.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL as places are strictly limited! To book go to:

Kiwi Month at the Whakatāne Library

Date: Tuesday 26 October 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 10.30 am
Location: Whakatāne Library, 49 Kakahoroa Drive
Cost: Free
                                                                                                                                                                                        Head down to the Whakatāne Library for a fun, kiwi-themed book reading for preschoolers on Tuesday 26 October, and take part in a Kiwi Month colouring-in competition throughout October! There are some cool prizes up for grabs, and our wonderful friends at the Library will also have a selection of kiwi-themed books on display for you to borrow.  And a HUGE thank you to our friend John McMenamin for creating the fantastic artwork for the colouring-in competition.
                                                                                                                                                                                          This is a free event and there is no requirement to book.

Kiwi Wandering Trail

Looking for a fun and family-friendly activity to do these school holidays?

The Kiwi Wandering Trail is an interactive arts trail comprised of 10 bronze life-sized life-like kiwi sculptures which wanders through the heart of Whakatāne.  Grab a map from either the Whakatāne i-SITE or the Whakatāne Library (gold coin donation/koha requested), or download a free e-copy from our website using the link below!


Kiwi Month Night Walk

Date: Thursday 14 October 2021 and Wednesday the 27th of October
Time: 07.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: Ōhope Scenic Reserve, End of Burma Road, Ōhope
Cost: $10 Child (<16), $20 Adult, $50 Family Pass (R8)


As part of kiwi month, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust is running a special night walk in October. Wrap up warm, grab a torch and explore the REAL Whakatāne Night Life scene with the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust!

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. If you listen carefully you might even hear the call of kiwi or weka! Birds aren’t the only stars of the show though, you’ll also discover various plant life, nocturnal creepy-crawlies like spiders and wētā, and incredible glow-in-the-dark fungi!
Please be aware that it is very unlikely that you will see a wild kiwi on this walk – they tend to run a mile when they hear a dozen humans coming down the track!

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL as places are strictly limited! To book go to: