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New Zealand: Comprehensive Birding and Wildlife

Trip Description

Brief Itinerary

This itinerary takes in as much of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery as possible, while maximizing our chances of locating as many of the New Zealand endemics and natives as possible. We have structured the tour so that we have enough time to see the things we need to see without a hectic pace.


Our tour aims to see members of the six endemic New Zealand families – the kiwi (aiming at four taxa), the New Zealand parrots (Stripgopoidea, aiming at both kaka subsp. and Kea), the New Zealand wrens (aiming for both of the two extant species), the New Zealand wattlebirds (aiming for all of the three extant species), and the newly revised Stitchbird now in its own Family, the Notiomystidae, and the New Zealand creepers, the Mohouidae.


Our 21-day tour trip list generally boasts over 155 species of birds, with around 65 endemic breeding species and 25-30 tubenose species. We consistently have the highest species tallies for any New Zealand tour; no one else even comes close, with our guides seeing a record 168 species during two different tours in late 2011.

Day 1: AM Pick Up in Auckland: Introduction to New Zealand's forest and Coastal species; PM in Trounson

Day 2: AM and PM Birding to Find the Critically Endangered Fairy Tern and Other Shorebirds

Day 3: Full Day Pelagic Birding and Mammal Watching

Day 4:  Full Day Birding New Zealand's Jewel: Tiritiri Matangi Island

Day 5: AM Birding in Tiritiri Matangi and PM Birding in The Firth of Thames, Miranda

Day 6: AM Birding in Miranda; Mid-day Transfer to Whitianga and PM Pelagic Birding

Day 7: Birding along the way from Whitianga to Turangi

Day 8: AM Birding looking for Blue Duck and PM Birding in Taupo and Napier Forests

Day 9: Transfer to Manawatu Region and Birding along the way

Day 10: Kapiti Coast Towards Wellington and Picton; Making Several Birding Stops On The Way


Day 11: Kaikoura, Forest and Coastal Birding

Day 12: AM Kaikoura Pelagic Birding and PM Leisure Time with Many Choices

Day 13: Southern Alps Through to Arthur’s Pass, Making Several Stops Along The Way

Day 14: Birding South Island Endemics; Coast and Forest

Day 15: Transfer from Franz Josef to Wanaka; Birding in Haast Pass and Many Other Places

Day 16: Transfer from Wanaka to Te Anau and Birding Along the Way

Day 17: Stewart Island Birding

Day 18: Pelagic Birding in Stewart Island

Day 19: Transfer to Oamaru via the Scenic Catlins Coast with Birding Along The Way

Day 20: Transfer to Christchurch with Birding Along the Way

Day 21: Birding MacKenzie Basin and Other Places

More details about this Trip:

Detailed Itinerary

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NZ 21 Day 

Detailed Itinerary

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