New Zealand is a haven for wildlife, some of which is completely unique to its shores, thanks to its beautiful and relatively unspoilt landscapes and coastlines.
The national symbol, the kiwi, is endangered and hard to spot, though it can still be seen in the wild in some of the more remote parts of the country, such as Stewart Island. Birdwatchers should head to the forests, which are full of birdsong from the tui, piwakawaka (fantail) and kereru (native wood pigeon), or to New Zealand’s spectacular coastlines to spot the mighty albatross.
Out on the water, you can also see majestic whales and dolphins (including the rare Hector’s dolphin, found only in New Zealand), and watch seals basking on the rocks in the sun. Spot them from a kayak in Abel Tasman National Park or head to Kaikoura, considered the world’s best land-based whale watching spot.
Meanwhile, in the Otago Peninsula, you can see little blue (korora) penguins returning from the sea every night to their burrows on land, while the rare tawaki penguin makes its home in the lush vegetation of the Fiordlands.
We’ve put together a selection of suggested itineraries that can all be tailor-made to suit your tastes. Exsus knows New Zealand inside out so can also give you up-to-the-minute advice on the best places to stay. Give us a call on +44 207 337 9010 or click on Enquire Now and we'll help you plan the trip of a lifetime.
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