Immerse yourself in the nature of New Zealand, a land of lush mountain valleys, soaring snowy peaks, white sandy beaches, and turquoise mountain lakes. Scenery is a true highlight of this tour, however New Zealand’s wildlife is certain to inspire both nature enthusiasts and birders, alike.
Relax in beautiful lodgings and indulge in an array of dining options as we discover both the North and South Islands. Spend time in steamy rainforests, embark on ferry and boat trips teeming with marine life and seabirds, hike in awe-inspiring mountain settings, and feel the great spiritual significance of the Maori.
We offer pre- and post-trip extensions that are sure to impress, so be sure to make the most of your trip!
- Watch for one of the 50 – 60 remaining Fairy Terns on a pre-tour extension to the Hauraki Gulf
- Explore Tiritiri Matangi Island, looking for rare species like the Saddleback, Stitchbird, Whitehead, and Red-Crowned Parakeet
- Discover Miranda Wildlife Sanctuary, with an active shell chenier plain; sea and shorebirds abound
- Hear the haunting call of the endangered Kokako in the misty rainforest of Pureora Forest Park
- Stay at the beautiful Arthur's Pass Lodge
- Take a three-hour ferry crossing to the South Island — not nearly long enough time for all the wildlife watching from the deck!
- Cruise the Marlborough Sounds, watching for Hector’s Dolphin and keeping an ear open for Orange-Fronted Parakeet
- Enjoy Kaikoura on a free afternoon; take a whale watching trip, stroll the peninsula, or browse the shops
- Stroll amongst the stunning limestone formations of Castle Hill Basin
- Cruise around Taiaroa Head, the only mainland breeding site of Northern Royal Albatross
- Spend time exploring Stewart Island on a post-tour extension, and search for Brown Kiwi in their natural habitat
Photo credits: Banner: Mount Cook National Park, Greg Smith; Salvin's Shy Albatross, Mark Hanger; Orakei Korako near Rotarua, Mark Hanger; Kea, Peg Abbott; Kiwi Crossing Sign near Arthur's Pass, Peg Abbott; Tui, Peg Abbot; Wild Spaniard Alpine in Mount Cook National Park, Mark Hanger; Hikers, Peg Abbott; Australasian Gannet, Greg Smith.