Kiwi Breeding Season -a very special time to come and enjoy experiencing kiwis in the wild!

 

Brown Kiwi beside one of our nesting boxes captured, on site, with our trail camera.

 

We are very fortunate here on the Russell Peninsula to have kiwi still living amongst us, with an estimated population of around 500 adults. Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park is proud to be home to our rare and precious national bird. Kiwi are nocturnal and shy creatures so getting to see one outside of captivity is a scarce opportunity. However, they let us know their presence by their calls, which bring the Park to life at night as the kiwi stir from their burrows and call to make contact with their partner or family, and to mark their territory.

 

 

Brown Kiwi beside one of our nesting boxes captured, on site, with our trail camera.

 

The best time to hear kiwi is during the kiwi mating season through autumn to early spring. Once bonded, a male and female kiwi tend to live their entire lives as a monogamous couple and mating takes place three or more times a night during the peak of activity! The male kiwi has a loud and piercing upward slurred note that is repeated up to 20 times. Often, a female will interrupt his call with her lower, rasping cry, also repeated up to 20 times.

 

Female North Island brown kiwi call:


 

Male North Island brown kiwi call:

 

As kiwi are most active and calling during our ‘off-peak’ tourist season, this can actually be the perfect time to visit and experience these unique birds in their natural habitat. Without all the hustle and bustle of the summer holiday makers, you almost feel as if you have the area to yourself to unwind and get back to nature in native bush, forest and beaches replete with wildlife. Northland has a sub-tropical climate with mild winters and New Zealand’s highest average annual temperature; winter highs average at 16°C, offering a superb setting for activities such as walking, biking and kayaking as well as bird watching.

During your stay at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park, immerse yourself in the action with a guided kiwi night walk. Feel the bush come alive around you as a knowledgeable guide helps you discover the interrelationship between the the vast and diverse plant and animal life on the Park. Bookings essential. Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Please contact us for more information and prices.

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