“I seldom had so much fun of voluntarily learning so many interesting facts about entomology. In addition I learned a lot about New Zealand history, animal life, nature projects, Maori culture and last but not least I won a new friend. Can you ask for more?” Winfried; Germany
“We could not have had a more interesting and rewarding time, so much variety, yet at a perfect pace to discover New Zealand. Thankyou for a memorable tour.”John & Barbara Johnstone; Britain
“Although I have been to New Zealand before, your tour has opened my eyes to the beauty, rareness and bizarre creatures and plants of New Zealand. The wilderness places I visited were very memorable, I can’t wait to return.”Christine Wilson; USA
“Such an informative and refreshing ecotour, we would recommend it to anyone interested in nature.”Richard & Colleen Martin; Canada
What we do?
We visit a number of off-shore island wildlife sanctuaries managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) species recovery unit. This is a chance to see some of our rarest bird species, namely: saddleback, stitchbird, kokako, takahe, parakeets, and kiwi, whilst also learning about their biology and conservation.
You will visit a wide range of wetland habitats, such as estuaries where visiting northern-hemisphere migratory waders overwinter. At salt water and fresh water lakes there is a chance to see endemic and australasian water birds such as the New Zealand scaup, paradise shellduck and dabchick. During spring, there is the chance of seeing nesting black-fronted tern, blackstilt, dotterels, and wrybill in the south island braided river systems. In mountain streams we will show you the rare blue duck.
Deep oceanic troughs closely surround much of New Zealand’s coast, and with there being nutrient rich upwelling from southern ocean currents, these conditions make for excellent pelagic bird watching close to shore. The eastern and southern coasts of all islands are particularly good, and there is a good opportunity that you will see a good number of endemic bird species such as royal albatross, shearwaters, mollymawks, and petrels. An added bonus to these trips can be the presence of sperm and killer whales, and dolphins.