Trounson Kiwi and Kauris (B5)

Trounson park, home to giant old-growth Kauris, as well as a population of wild kiwi birds you can attempt to see on a nighttime walk.

GPS: -35.719884 173.649168

My very first trip to Trounson Park, I can remember being SO excited to walk the loop path at night to try to spot an elusive Kiwi bird.  I had only been in New Zealand for 3 weeks at that point…and I was thrilled by how much there was to discover every single day! Some traveling Brits had told me about Trounson when I was camped at Muriwai Beach.

So, camped at the DoC Trounson campground I tried to be patient until about 11pm.  Then, in the camp I heard my first kiwi-call ever….eeeeet-eeeet-eeet-eeet-eeet.  Wow, a long series of screeches! Needless to say, that got me going.  So, headlamp dimmed I began the loop, wondering why everyone else seemed to be asleep already.  Weren’t they here to try to spot a kiwi like myself?  Anyhow, off I went, ears perked for the leaf-rustling I was told to listen for.  I got about 5-7 minutes into the loop when I stopped abruptly because a kiwi was standing in the middle of the track in front of me.  My god!  The Kiwi was as big as a chicken and he was just unabashedly looking up at me, seemingly fearless of me.  I said, “hello Mr. Kiwi…I like your long white beak.”   He just looked up at me while I looked down on him.  I thought to  myself, “hmmm, this kiwi-spotting isn’t so difficult afterall.”  The kiwi didn’t move from the track, so I simply sat down about 2 meters from him and began a conversation.  Sure enough, he quickly bored of my American blathering and he wandered off the track a bit to show me how he scratches around in the duff looking for some Kiwi goodies.  As he wandered out of easy sight, I got up to go find some more…I was hooked.  But, no more came within sight that night, but I did hear plenty more of their eerie callings.  What a fabulous experience.  My guidebooks began incubating in my mind.  I would have totally missed this place if it weren’t for those Brits who had mentioned it to me.

Since that first visit, I ‘ve never been that lucky again, though I was seen other kiwis, but mostly off in the bush a bit and hard to see.  Never have I had another conversation with a kiwi bird.  Now, 7 years later, as I write this…I’ve never actually met anyone who has had as intimate encounter as mine.  Sometimes I think Mother Nature guides my NZ tours, showing me her finest so I can attempt to spread her good words.

Best of luck on your Trounson tour. Let me know how it turns out! cheers, scott

Trounson overview

Trounson overview

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Family enjoying the Trounson loop.

Family enjoying the Trounson loop.

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Trounson overview

Trounson overview

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Trounson Park predator removal efforts

Trounson Park predator removal efforts

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Trounson Park predator removal efforts

Trounson Park predator removal efforts

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Boardwalks and interpretive signs at Trounson Reserve.

Boardwalks and interpretive signs at Trounson Reserve.

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The Kauri loop track at Trounson

The Kauri loop track at Trounson

 

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The Kauri walkway loop at Trounson DoC park

The Kauri walkway loop at Trounson DoC park

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Trounson's biggest Kauri--a real giant!

Trounson’s biggest Kauri–a real giant!

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Trounson's biggest Kauri--a real giant!

Trounson’s biggest Kauri–a real giant!

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Night-walking kiwi-scouting at Trounson Reserve.

Night-walking kiwi-scouting at Trounson Reserve.

Night-walking kiwi-scouting at Trounson Reserve.

Night-walking kiwi-scouting at Trounson Reserve.

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Extensive boardwalks along Trounson loop.

Extensive boardwalks along Trounson loop.

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Trounson info kiosk

Trounson info kiosk

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DoC campground at Trounson. Camp here to do a self-guided nighttime walk to try to spot a kiwi bird

DoC campground at Trounson. Camp here to do a self-guided nighttime walk to try to spot a kiwi bird

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Trounson DoC campground. It has a kitchen, bathrooms and hot showers

Trounson DoC campground. It has a kitchen, bathrooms and hot showers

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I didn't spot a kiwi on this nighttime tour, but I did see this varmint possum up a tree

I didn’t spot a kiwi on this nighttime tour, but I did see this varmint possum up a tree

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Roads heading to Trouson are painted with Kiwis

Roads heading to Trounson are painted with Kiwis

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Kiwi road sign

Kiwi road sign

One Response to “Trounson Kiwi and Kauris (B5)”

  1. marieke bosch Says:

    We saw kiwi’s here from very closeby, it was a unique experience.

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