By Trent Burns
American visitors Trent Burns and partner were on recent excursion tramping on the Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park, ticking it off their bucket list. While they were tramping they were fortunate enough to come across a Great Spotted Kiwi/roroa rustling up some grub during the day. They did all the right things, not disturbing the kiwi, keeping quiet and giving it lots of space. This is their encounter and this is their amazing footage!
My girlfriend and I recently enjoyed a stunning 5-day, 4-night excursion out on the Heaphy Track (Kohaihai to Gouland Downs and back) – truly a bucket list item for us in New Zealand. We’re Americans and have been in NZ since 5 February on working holiday visas.
On our second day, walking from Lewis Hut to James Mackay Hut, we had the unbelievable fortune of coming across a kiwi – we think a Great Spotted Kiwi. We had stopped momentarily for a drink of water when we noticed a kiwi coming up the hill, across the walking path, and continue uphill. We kept as much distance as possible but also tried not to move or make noise. The kiwi appeared healthy and was not visibly stressed but, knowing how unusual it is to see them during the day, we wanted to bring this to DOC’s attention and share our experience.
Here are some of our videos!
Sometimes kiwi feed during day if under-weight but not this one – it’s chonky! Biodiversity Ranger, Mike Ogle has confirmed that these videos show a very healthy kiwi/roroa and sightings of kiwi during the day happen every 1-2 years in that area – So Trent and his girlfriend were very lucky!
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