Established in 2006 Okarito Kiwi Tours is an owner-operated company in New Zealand. We aim to take small groups deep into the Kiwi habitat looking for the rarest kiwi – The Okarito Kiwi or Rowi.
You could become one of the lucky few to have seen a kiwi in the wild.
We are the only licenced operators on the South Island that can take you looking for kiwi in the wild
The small historic settlement of Okarito is built on a sand spit within Okarito Lagoon. The village lies between the forces of the Tasman Sea and a natural landscape of wetlands and rainforests, dominated by the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, including Mts. Cook and Tasman.
Ian Cooper owns and operates, along with his guides, Okarito Kiwi Tours. Ian originally came from Hertfordshire in England. He came to New Zealand in 1998 as a backpacker.
During his tour of New Zealand he got dropped off in the tiny village of Okarito. He loved the village so much he stayed. During his stay in Okarito he became fascinated by the local Kiwi that inhabits the bush around the local area.
Ian leads the trips with a passion and enthusiasm that rubs off and develops in others. The major goal of a trip is to see a kiwi behaving naturally in its own environment with no idea it is being watched by fascinated humans.