Discover the nature of New Zealand on this New Zealand nature tour, a country of lush valleys, soaring peaks, white beaches, and turquoise lakes. Scenery is a true highlight of this tour, however New Zealand’s wildlife is sure to inspire both nature enthusiasts and birders alike.
Enjoy in beautiful lodgings and indulge in an array of dining options as we discover both North and South Islands. Explore steamy rainforests, embark on ferry and boat trips teeming with seabirds and marine life, hike in awe-inspiring mountain settings, and feel the great spirituality of the Maori people.
Optional are pre- and post-trip extensions; be sure to make the most of your trip!
- Look for one of the 50 – 60 remaining Fairy Terns on a pre-tour extension to the Hauraki Gulf
- Discover Tiritiri Matangi Island, looking for rare species like the Saddleback, Stitchbird, Whitehead, and Red-Crowned Parakeet
- Explore Miranda Wildlife Sanctuary, with an active shell chenier plain; sea and shorebirds abound
- Listen to the haunting call of the endangered Kokako in the misty rainforest of Pureora Forest Park
- Relax at the beautiful Arthur's Pass Lodge
- Embark on a three-hour ferry crossing to the South Island — not nearly long enough time for all the wildlife watching from the deck!
- Boat on the Marlborough Sounds, watching for Hector’s Dolphin and keeping an ear open for Orange-Fronted Parakeet
- Spend time in Kaikoura on a free afternoon; take a whale watching trip, stroll the peninsula, or browse the shops
- Walk amongst the stunning limestone formations of Castle Hill Basin
- Take a cruise around Taiaroa Head, the only mainland breeding site of Northern Royal Albatross
- Take time to explore 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.