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Picture yourself in the Southern most Island of New Zealand wandering under a stadium of stars to try your luck at native Kiwi spotting. Or stick to the mainland and imagine walking through the most important forest in the world. Kiwi Wilderness Walks brings you the opportunity to explore two very remote and unspoilt pieces of  Southland, New Zealand - The Waitutu Track and Stewart Island.


The Waitutu Track follows the wild South Coast sweeping through bush and beach. Along an old forest tramway connected by a spectacular array of wooden viaducts leading you to the stunning Waitutu Forest. This is the largest piece of untouched lowland native forest in New Zealand.

Stewart Island offers the best chance most people will ever have to see New Zealand's national bird, the Kiwi, in its natural environment.  Rest assured not many New Zealanders can make that claim. Many centuries ago Maori came by  canoe to the island to harvest shellfish and mutton birds, traditions still carried out today by local iwi. They named the island Rakiura -  " Land of the Glowing Skies" as it is renowned for its lingering sunsets of summer and the aurora of winter.


At Kiwi Wilderness Walks our aim is to help you participate in the great outdoors in classic "Kiwi" fashion bunking down in bush huts and tents our experienced local guides will help you have a safe, enjoyable trip while providing an entertaining and valuable insight in to the history of Maori, early settlers and the natural environment.

Kiwi Wilderness Walks is coordinated by The Riverton Rock Guesthouse, where your trip will begin and end. This restored historic hotel offers all the comforts required to prepare for your trip and to welcome you, probably a little weary, on your return.  A familiarisation evening will enable you to meet your guide, view slides of the area and swap notes with your travelling companions.

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