Don’t hibernate this winter! Wrap up warm, grab a torch and explore the REAL Whakatāne Night Life scene with the Kiwi Trust! These walks are guided by long-time volunteer, Russell Ingram-Seal, with the help of other experienced volunteer guides.
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!
Whilst our night walks season traditionally runs from April to June (as this is the best time to hear kiwi calling to each other!), we will be extending the 2020 season until mid July! We will also be running two night walks per week, with Thursday nights in Mokorua 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 Level 2 Announcement:
We are thrilled to announce that we can now undertake our night walks in Alert Level 2!
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. Unfortunately, we have also made the decision to only take bookings from groups of two or more people, as it is possible that some individuals may require physical assistance to navigate parts of the track.
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!