New Zealand whales, birds and wildlife

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  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 10-80 yrs
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-22083
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ends Nelson, New Zealand
  • +12
  • Encounter sperm whales by boat and helicopter
  • Spot dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Visit the only mainland colony of royal albatross in the world
  • See penguins, New Zealand fur seals and sea lions on the Otago Peninsula
Isolated for 80 million years before the Polynesians arrived, New Zealand’s wildlife evolved without mammals or large predators resulting in a high number of endemic flightless bird species. These include various species of penguins, the iconic kiwi (a national symbol of pride) and the infamous giant moa, which was larger than an ostrich and sadly hunted to extinction.

In this tour, you’ll traverse some of the country’s most breath-taking natural landscapes; from serene island oases, to remote alpine peaks, to rich volcanic territories which produce hot springs, as well as providing nutritious soil for wine production.

These diverse environments are home to a plethora of birdlife, including the only mainland colony of royal albatross in the world, the vibrant orange wings of kea (the world’s only alpine parrot), a 9,000-strong colony of migratory gannets, plenty of adorable penguins and many more.

However, New Zealand’s abundant wildlife includes more than birdlife. On this self-drive adventure across the country, you'll encounter sperm whales by boat and helicopter, go dolphin spotting and share the beaches with playful fur seal colonies.

A birder’s dream, this wildlife tour of New Zealand's diverse habitats and endemic creatures offers a truly unique insight into the lessons of Mother Nature.
  • Day 1: Arrive in Auckland
  • Day 2: Transfer to Te Anau
  • Day 3: Seals and Penguins at Martins Bay
  • Day 4: Transfer to Stewart Island
  • Day 5: Tour of Ulva Island
  • Day 6: Birding at Port William
  • Day 7: Transfer to Dunedin
  • Day 8: Explore Dunedin and Otago Peninsula
  • Day 9: Transfer to Kaikoura
  • Day 10: Whale watching in Kaikoura
  • Day 11: Transfer to Nelson
  • Day 12: Birding & wildlife watching at Farewell Spit
  • Day 13: Transfer back to the airport
  • Private chauffeur airport transfers
  • Meals and drinks as per itinerary
  • Domestic flights
  • Car hire: Toyota Rav 4 or similar, with unlimited kilometres
  • Entry fees and permits to national parks and reserves
  • Private tours and wildlife excursions with English-speaking local guides and wildlife experts
  • Helicopter trips around Martins Bay, Kaikoura and Nelson
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities and excursions included in the itinerary
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section of the itinerary
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


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