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!

Tour Highlights

  • 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
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Cost of the Journey

The cost of the main tour is $TBD DBL / $TBD SGL, from Auckland, New Zealand, based on double occupancy. Cost of the pre-tour extension is $TBD DBL / $TBD SGL. Cost of the post-tour extension is $TBD DBL / $TBD SGL. All pricing is calculated on the exchange rate on Google.com. If a significant shift in this rate occurs we will need to adjust tour pricing accordingly, up to the time that final payment is made.

The tour and extension costs include: all accommodations, most meals as specified in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D= dinner), professional guide services, ferry and boat day-tour fees, park and program entrance fees and miscellaneous program expenses.

Tour does not include: transportation from your home city to Auckland or from Dunedin back to your home city. It does not include optional activities such as horseback riding or fishing with a guide, or items of a personal nature such as laundry, luggage porterage, telephone charges, maid gratuities, or beverages from the bar.

Travel Details

Arrival airport is Auckland International (AKL), departure airport is Dunedin Airport (DUD). Please arrive by the morning of October 11, 2020 in time for a group lunch. If you plan on joining us for the pre-trip extension, please plan to arrive by morning on October 9; we transfer to our hotel in Sandspit directly from the airport. We recommend coming in a day or two early to adjust to the time change and be well rested for the start of the tour. We recommend the Grand Millennium Hotel in Aukland, where we stay on the first night of our tour, for a reasonable extra cost. We can help you book this — please let us know.

Please be sure to let us know where you are staying before the start of the tour when you send us your flight details. Please plan flights out of Dunedin from 10:00 AM onward on either October 23 (for those leaving from the main tour) or October 26 (for those leaving from the Stewart Island extension).

Items of Note

Maximum of 12, minimum of 5 persons. Tour and extension prices are based on a group size of 6 persons, with fewer than 6, a small group surcharge (typically $100 – $300) may apply.


Photo credits: Banner: Mount Cook National Park, Greg Smith; Red-crowned Parakeet, Greg Smith; Lake Ohau, Greg Smith; Arthur's Pass, Peg Abbott; 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; Kaka, Greg Smith; Aoraki, Greg Smith; Red-crowned Parakeet, Greg Smith; Australasian Gannets, Greg Smith; Marlborough Sound, Greg Smith; Blue Duck, Greg Smith; Fantail, Greg Smith; Tui, Greg Smith; Spanish Grass, Greg Smith; White-capped Albatross, Greg Smith.

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