Tawharanui: Kiwi Spotting & Stargazing Tour w/ Optional Stay

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Experience the treasures of Tawharanui Regional Park under the cloak of nightfall. Encounter the mysterious North Island brown kiwi, join a stargazing tour, and book an optional glamping experience.


  • Marvel at stars, planets, and constellations at Tawharanui Regional Park
  • Discover the elusive endemic North Island Brown Kiwi in their natural habitat
  • Grab a pair of binoculars and see the night sky light up by celestial bodies
  • Witness the nocturnal world come alive and learn about it from a guide
  • Stay in glamping accommodation surround by the birds if you wish to


Meet at the end of Takatu Road, inside Tawharanui Regional Park. Gather with the group and learn about the evening's plan, safety measures, and the park's diverse ecosystem before you begin your adventure. Embark on an exciting kiwi-spotting expedition as dusk sets in. Traverse through the park's native bush with your guide and keep your senses alert as you search for signs of kiwi activity. Discover fascinating facts about these iconic birds along the way. Next, head to a secluded stargazing spot within the park, away from city lights and with minimal light pollution. Equip yourself with telescopes and binoculars provided by your guide. Watch the night sky transform into a breathtaking canvas adorned with countless stars, planets, and celestial marvels, all while learning about astronomy and indigenous sky stories. Experience the magic of Tawharanui's shoreline as bioluminescent plankton illuminate the waters with a natural blue-green glow. During certain times of the year, see these tiny organisms create a mesmerizing spectacle as they react to movement, turning the waves into a shimmering display of light. Finally, say farewell to your guide and fellow adventurers as you return to the car park. If you have chosen to stay overnight in a glamping tent, sleep among the soothing sounds of waves and kiwis in the distance.


Guide Stargazing and kiwi-spotting equipment Hot drink and snack Glamping stay (if option selected)

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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