The best places to see Kiwi in Auckland
- Motuihe Island – Take the ferry to Motuihe Island and camp overnight. Use a red light torch to spot kiwi.
- Rotoroa Island – Take the ferry to Rotoroa Island, stay overnight in either the bunkhouse or one of the houses available for rent. (there’s 4 owned by the Rotoroa Island Trust and they are really nice). Use a red light torch to spot kiwi at night.
- Motuora Island – This one’s a little harder to get to. Accessible by private boat or water taxi. Stay in the campground or there is one small cottage for rent. Kiwi can be seen at night right next to the camp ground.
- Tawharanui Open Sanctuary – 1 hours drive north of Auckland on the Tawharanui Peninsula come at night armed with a red light torch.
- Ponui Island – This small privately owned island is home to 6% of New Zealand’s Brown Kiwi population. Accessible by private boat (Landowners permission required to go above the high tide line)
- Tiritiri Matangi Island – The Kiwi are nocturnal so you’re unlikely to see them on a day trip, but it is possible to stay overnight on Tiri in the bunkhouse.
- If you’re hoping to see kiwi in the daytime, it is possible to get a permit and visit Little Barrier Island. Only 20 visitors are allowed per day and you must come with an approved pest free transport provider.
- Auckland Zoo – If all else fails just go the the Zoo and you’ll see Kiwi but it doesn’t really count if they’re in a cage.