Night Walks

Our night walks season runs from April to July each year, as this is the best time to hear kiwi calling to each other.

Tickets are on sale now at www.eventfinda.co.nz via the links below:

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).  Please be aware that it is 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 path!  However, kiwi calls are heard on most night walks, as well as other birds such as weka and ruru (morepork).  There’s also plenty of other things to see – such as wētā, tunnel web spiders, harvestmen, peripatus, glow-in-the-dark fungi and glow worms!

In 2022, we will be running night walks on Friday nights alternating between Ōhope Scenic Reserve and Mokorua Bush Scenic Reserve each week.  We will also be running special kids discovery night walks once a fortnight on Thursday nights in Mokorua Bush.  The kids walks start at the earlier time of 5.30pm and are aimed at children aged between five to eight years.

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!

Cancellation Policy:

Due to limited ticket numbers, we request all cancellations are made at least 48 hours before the scheduled walk. This gives us the opportunity to fill your space with another member of the public.

Cancellations made within 48 hours or more will be processed with a full refund. Failure to notify via email, text or phone within the 48 hour time period will mean a forfeit of the full amount of the ticket(s) purchased.

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.  You will be refunded the full value of your tickets, but you will need to rebook for another session.

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Ōhope Scenic Reserve

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Mokorua Bush Scenic Reserve

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Kids Night Walks of Discovery

 

COVID-19 Health and Safety Announcement:  

Due to the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust must ensure all individuals are aware of their responsibilities for the duration of the walk to ensure we stick within the government guidelines surrounding COVID-19.

Our first priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our visitors and guides. As such we kindly ask that everybody adheres to our hygiene guidelines. As a public venue we must comply with conditions on gathering and undertake appropriate health measures, this means:

– Maintaining a register of all visitors attending the walk

– Minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through a good standard of general hygiene that includes:       

– Using hand sanitiser

– Cleaning of all equipment after use

– Sneeze and cough into your elbow

– Distancing yourself from others as necessary

– If you are sick, stay home

 

 

Kiwi aren’t the only stars of the show on the walks. There are usually lots of ruru (morepork) calls and many nocturnal creepy-crawly invertebrates come out hunting at night, like spiders and wētā, as well as the huge 15cm+ native centipedes.

Russell Ingram-Seal

Self-Guided Walk

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!