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Wildlife holidays in New Zealand with Naturetrek
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Wildlife holidays in New Zealand

Tell me about New Zealand …

Tucked away in the southern rim of the Pacific, New Zealand is a land with an enchanting and refreshing nature.

While a morning may be greeted high in mountain valleys by hearing the discreet scuttle of a skink beneath alpine shrubs, the afternoon may be spent on the sea, watching gliding albatrosses and porpoising fur seals.

Our New Zealand specialist recommends...

"I recommend our ‘New Zealand’s Natural History’ tour for an all round, comprehensive wildlife holiday. We enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the breathtaking country as we go in search of some of the endemics both on land and at sea."

Dan Free
Operations Manager


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Mount Cook (Steve Wakeham)Paterson Inlet  (Mark Schofield)Taupo Craters (Steve Wakeham)Otago Peninsula (Steve Wakeham)Muriwai Beach (Steve Wakeham)Lake Pukaki (Mark Schofield)Mount Sefton (Steve Wakeham)Milford Sound (Steve Wakeham)Lindis Pass (Steve Wakeham)Lake Ohau (Steve Wakeham)Royal Albatross (Ron Marshall)Milford Sound (Steve Wakeham)Sperm Whale (Mark Schofield)Pied Shag (Ron Marshall)Salvins Albatross (Ron Marshall)Westland Petrel (Ron Marshall)

Whats special about the wildlife?

New Zealand has a very rich and intriguing natural heritage which cannot help but captivate. It has some breathtaking forest, mountain and coastal scenery.

The native birds, other wildlife and plants are diverse and unique, having evolved without the influence of land mammals since the islands isolation from Gondwana. Theres a high degree of endemism – 93% of its alpine plants are endemic!

The nation has a strong commitment to conservation, deepening both the locals and visitors appreciation of this relatively clean, spacious country and its very special wildlife.

Naturetrek tours to New Zealand

Naturetrek offers two wildlife holidays and natural history tours to New Zealand. One focuses on the islands fabulous flora, much of which is endemic, while the other is a 22-day exploration of its birds, whales, dolphins and other wildlife, as well as its magnificent scenery.

What might I see on a New Zealand wildlife tour?

  • Giant Kauri forests of the north, subtropical ferns & emergent podocarps, plus alpine plants of Kahurangi National Park
  • Little Blue Penguins & dolphins in Cook Strait & Malborough Sounds
  • Sperm Whales plus Dusky & Hector’s Dolphins off Kaikoura
  • Birds such as albatrosses, Fairy Prions, the rare Westland Black Petrel & Fiordland Crested Penguin
  • New Zealands endemic birds including Keas, Yellowhead & Rock Wren, plus the Kiwis of Stewart Island
  • New Zealand Fur Seals


Attentive, knowledgeable, enthusiastic tour leaders with a great sense of humour!
I loved this holiday - my first with Naturetrek. The itinerary was ideal for me. I was so attracted by it on your website last November that I booked it immediately. I liked the concept of covering areas included by other operators, while visiting less known scenic, wildlife areas. I particularly wanted to visit Stewart Island, and Tiritiri Matangi was a bonus. The boat trips and the night and early morning walks were highlights. The three leaders were exceptionally knowledgeable, energetic, enthusiastic and good communicators, and made the holiday a wonderful learning experience; ideal for a first visit to New Zealand. All of my previous group holidays have been walking holidays, but this experience has inspired me to convert, at least partially, to wildlife holidays. Many thanks for a memorable holiday.

Dr & Mrs A.G.
New Zealand's Natural History

We enjoyed the trip and appreciated the efforts of both the local leaders and Cliff in finding the birds.