Walking & Wildlife

22 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

 

£4,905pp

3 star & low season

£7,385pp

4/5 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Depart the UK.
Day 2
In flight. A stopover can be added if preferred.
Day 3
Arrive in Auckland and make your way to your accommodation.
Day 4
Start your time in New Zealand with a day trip to the island reserve of Tiritiri Matangi, a short ferry journey away. Here you will find a wonderful array of birdlife, much of which you will also see on your travels around the country.
Day 5
Collect a hire car and drive north to the Kauri Coast. This evening join a fantastic twilight guided walk in to the Kauri forest to learn about the Maori culture and listen for wildlife.
Day 6
Make your way to the east coast and to Paihia, the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Day 7
Today you join a dolphin spotting tour with the option to swim if the dolphins are willing!
Day 8
Start your journey south and overnight just outside Auckland.
Day 9
Continue your journey through Auckland and on to the Coromandel Peninsula.
Day 10
Spend the day in the company of expert local guide Kiwi Dundee, learning about the eco-system of the area and looking for wildlife along the day.
Day 11
Make your way to Tauranga and fly to Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island.
Day 12
Enjoy a day trip to Kaikoura which includes a whale-watching trip.
Day 13
Collect another hire car and make your way down the coast to Oamaru. This evening watch little blue penguins coming ashore to their colony
Day 14
Continue your journey south to Dunedin, stopping to view the interesting Moeraki Boulders en route.
Day 15
Join a full day tour of the Otago Peninsula which includes entrance to penguin place, where you can view yellow-eye penguins, entrance to the Royal Albatross Centre and a scenic cruise back to Dunedin.
Day 16
Make your way along the Southern Scenic route to the beautiful Catlins area.
Day 17
Spend the day exploring the Catlins. There are some lovely walks along the coast and to hidden waterfalls in the forest.
Day 18
Drive a short distance to Invercargill and take a flight over to Stewart Island. This evening join a Kiwi spotting tour.
Day 19
Take a half day tour to Ulva Island nature reserve and learn all about the wildlife here.
Day 20
Take a flight back to Invercargill then drive on to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park. Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront this evening.
Day 21
Join a full day tour along the Milford Road today. Take a scenic cruise a Milford Sound then enjoy several short walks with a nature guide and learn about the unique environment of Fiordland National Park.
Day 22
Drive to Queenstown and board a domestic flight to Auckland or Christchurch where you join your overnight flight back to the UK.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

New Zealand is well-known for its wildlife and is a fantastic place to see whales, dolphins, seals and sealions and large seabirds such as penguins and the Royal Albatross. Alongside this it is home to a colourful, and tuneful, array of other birds, many native to the country and some that are endemic – meaning you will not find them anywhere else in the world. This itinerary takes you around the top of the North Island and the bottom of the South Island which tend to be the best spots for wildlife and includes several tours that involve a bit of walking, along with free time to do more at your own pace.

2 nights Auckland – 1 night Waipoua – 2 nights Bay of Islands – 1 night North Auckland – 2 nights Coromandel – 2 nights Christchurch – 1 night Oamaru – 2 nights Dunedin – 2 nights Catlins – 2 nights Stewart Island – 2 nights Te Anau


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