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Address: Twizel Area Office, Twizel 7944, New Zealand
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+64 3-435 0802
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Guided tour to see the world’s most endangered wading bird.Learn about the...

Guided tour to see the world’s most endangered wading bird.Learn about the recovery programme. Late Oct-Apr: daily 9.30am & 4.30pm. Cost: adults $20, children $10. Families pay for first child only. Own transport required. Bookings essential at the local info centre or the MacKenzie Country Hotel. Find us on facebook.

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Fascinating work

The facility is mainly for the conservation work, and the tours are an educational add-on rather than the main purpose of the hide. The tour certainly educated me about the state... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 January 2014
Bean-astair
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Alba
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

We looked for the hide but were informed that it had been damaged and was no longer in use. We were given good advice at the I Site centre in Twizel on where to look for Black Stilts.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2014

Lured in by an enthusiastic guide book that said there were observation hides, we assumed this was the place where we had a reasonable chance to see this rare bird, knowing that sightings entirely depend on luck. However, we were not prepared to see only birds in captivity. And yes, there were observation hides. But tell me, is there anything... More 

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Alba
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

The facility is mainly for the conservation work, and the tours are an educational add-on rather than the main purpose of the hide. The tour certainly educated me about the state of the Kaka, and was very interesting and varied. I wish it had been made a little easier to photograph the captive birds, however.

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

Shirley was a wealth of information on our one hour tour around the kaki visitor hide. We got the opportunity to hear more about why they are endangered, the conservation effort which is underway to save these quirky and charismatic birds, as well as view some stilts which are part of their captive / re-introduction programme. If you like wildlife,... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

Interesting to hear about the attempt to reintroduce the Kaki. Also to see the birds so that when we saw one in the wild it was easy to identify. FYI - it was on a small marshy/pond by the side of the main road in Lake Tekapo

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2008

We took a tour of the kaki/black stilt viewing hide in Twizel. The kaki is an endangered wading bird, so the tour is an overview of the bird and an opportunity to see the work that the Department of Conservation is doing for bird protection. After an introduction, we were brought into a secure area where we were able to... More 

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