New Zealand

  1. 2017
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
    Tour Duration: 
    20 days
    Tour Price:
     $9,595 CAD, $7,650 USD
    Single Supplement:
     $1,325 CAD, $1,055 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Auckland / Dunedin
    Hauraki Gulf Pelagic pre-tour price is TBD.
    Guide: 
    Number of Persons Limit: 
    12
Highlights

• Lots of very special and unique birds and wildlife, including kiwis, penguins, parrots, superb seabirds, astonishing Tuis and Kokakos, and the bizarre shorebird, the Wrybill!

• Boat-trip to predator-free island with numerous endemic birds 

• World famous Kaikoura pelagic cruise plus several other boat trips

• Spectacular scenery from snow-capped mountains to rugged coastlines and volcanically active highlands!

• Visit several National Parks including Fjordlands, Mount Aspiring, Paparoa and Tongariro

 

 

Overview

New Zealand – a land of remarkable and spectacular landscapes, from volcanoes and hotsprings to steep, deep fjords, snow-capped mountains and huge glaciers. The flora and fauna of these islands are equally remarkable and unique. Over 40 endemic bird species occur on the main islands, including quintessential New Zealanders – the Kiwis, those flightless, wingless, long-beaked ground-dwellers after which New Zealanders are named.

There are amazing birds here - New Zealand wrens and wattlebirds including the endangered Kokako, Saddlebacks and Stitchbirds, the world’s rarest penguin – Yellow-eyed, the inquisitive parrot the Kea, flightless Takahe, the scarce Blue Duck, the remarkable Wrybill – surely one of the strangest of shorebirds, the critically endangered Black Stilt, as well as diverse seabirds - albatrosses, shearwater, storm-petrels, petrels. New Zealand is a land of ancient conifers, magnificent Kauri Pines so important in naval history, Southern Beech forests, magical rainforests of huge podocarps, splendid Tree Ferns, and fields of endemic sub-alpine shrubs and alpine flowers.

Our New Zealand birding tour takes in both North and South Islands, and offshore Stewart Island, each with its own special attractions and natural wonders, from rugged Fjordland National Park, Milford Sound and splendid Mount Cook in the south to the volcanically active central highlands, thermal geysers and primeval forests in the north.

 

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Pre-tour Itinerary

Day 0 - Arrival in Auckland

Day 1 – Hauraki Gulf Pelagic 

 

Main Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

Day 2 - Trounson

Day 3 - Transfer to Orewa

Day 4 - Tiri Tiri Matangi Island

Day 5 - Miranda

Day 6 – Pureora Forest

Day 7 - Tongariro and Turangi

Day 8 – Waikanae and Ferry Crossing to South Island

Day 9 - Marlborough Sounds 

Day 10 - Pelagic birding 

Day 11 - Across the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass 

Day 12 – Arthur’s Pass and Franz Josef Glacier

Day 13 - Franz Josef Glaciers and Haast Pass

Day 14 - Around Twizel

Day 15 – Travel to Te Anau via Mount Aspiring National Park

Day 16 - Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound 

Day 17 – Stewart Island and Kiwi excursion

Day 18 - Island of Ulva

Day 19 – Ferry to Bluff, the Catlins and Dunedin

Day 20 - Otago Peninsula and Flights home

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