Thanks to Aotearoa being so far from anywhere our favourite, defenseless & flightless bird the Kiwi was left alone for many a century. Enter human beings and now they are one of the most endangered birds on the planet. And yet this little battler survives, even here on the outer edges of Auckland.
To spot the Kiwi though is an adventure and patience will be required. We'll take you to a protected wildlife haven, where the Kiwi are safe in the forest from unwanted introduced predators.
We'll walk through an amazing forest trail, in which our red lights will cast amazing shadows on the huge trees that adorn the path.
It's Kiwi spotting time. Our national animal is a creature of habit, so we will find the spot we know he likes to cruise by. Sitting comfortably, we listen, drink coffee or hot chocolate and eat some cookies. We must be very very quiet and listen out for the crunch on the forest floor as he starts his evening rounds. Hopefully you will get a sight of the elusive Kiwi, one of the rarest birds in the world.
After stalking out our weird national bird, we'll go to a secret spot and see our forest glow worms. They appear everywhere along the trail, but we know of a cool nook where they have a prime location to show off their lights. We'll give you the story of the 'Titiwai' and get up close to these little twinkling wonders.