There are 6 tours available in New Zealand
There are 6 tours available in New Zealand
New Zealand - Comprehensive I 2018
5 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018 (17 days)
Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Tour Price (Per Person): NZD8,650
No Spaces Available
New Zealand - Comprehensive II 2018
22 Oct 2018 - 7 Nov 2018 (17 days)
Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth
Can be linked with: New Zealand - Chatham Islands Extension I 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): NZD8,650
Spaces Available
New Zealand - Chatham Islands Extension I 2018
7 Nov 2018 - 10 Nov 2018 (4 days)
Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth
Can be linked with: New Zealand - Comprehensive II 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): NZD2,250
Spaces Available
New Zealand - Comprehensive III 2018
15 Nov 2018 - 1 Dec 2018 (17 days)
Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth
Can be linked with: New Zealand - Chatham Islands Extension II 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): NZD8,650
2 Spaces Available
New Zealand - Chatham Islands Extension II 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 4 Dec 2018 (4 days)
Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth
Can be linked with: New Zealand - Comprehensive III 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): NZD2,250
2 Spaces Available
New Zealand - Highlights 2018
5 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018 (11 days)
Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth
Can be linked with: New Zealand - Chatham Islands Extension II 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): NZD5,850
Spaces Available

New Zealand supports a host of unusual endemic land birds, and a rich assemblage of marine birds and mammals. Our comprehensive New Zealand birding tour is designed to seek almost every possible endemic and take full advantage of New Zealand’s oceanic diversity. Our New Zealand birding tours begin in Auckland and we target North Island Brown Kiwi, amongst a multitude of other species that will no doubt be lifers. The first of our several pelagic excursions takes place in the Hauraki Gulf, in search of the recently rediscovered New Zealand Storm Petrel and a myriad of other species. Our New Zealand birding tour continues to the fabled Tiritiri Matangi Island, where we will bird this predator-free reserve for the prehistoric Takahe, strange North Island Kokako and Stichbird, before combing the Miranda shoreline for the bizarre Wrybill and numerous migrant waders. We finish our time on North Island inside the fern-tree forests, searching for the noisy New Zealand Kaka, migrant Long-tailed Cuckoo and tiny Rifleman. Crossing onto South Island, our first stop is Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, where the dazzling South Island Saddleback and New Zealand Robin will no doubt entertain us, before we embark on another pelagic adventure into the fantastic upwelling off Kaikoura, searching for an abundance of albatrosses, shearwaters and petrels. Next on our New Zealand birding tour, we travel across South Island, where we will seek the endemic flightless rail known as the Weka, as well as Great Spotted Kiwi, before hiking through pristine Red Beech forest surrounded by breathtaking glacier-lined mountains, where Brown Creeper and the massive Kea can be found. In Fiordland National Park our targets will include Blue Duck, the cute Rock Wren and New Zealand Falcon, before catching our ferry to the rugged Stewart Island. Southern Brown Kiwi and a variety of other specialties will entertain us before another pelagic outing visiting several nearby islands. Our final New Zealand birding tour destination will be Dunedin, where a visit to a Northern Royal Albatross colony and a Yellow-eyed Penguin breeding site will certainly be amongst the many highlights of this rewarding New Zealand tour. With excellent lodging and meals, awe-inspiring scenery and fantastically friendly “Kiwis”, this is sure to be a New Zealand birding tour of a lifetime!

Our Galápagos of the Southern Ocean cruise sets off from New Zealand, from where we explore four groups of sub-Antarctic islands: the Snares, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell Islands. These waters support the richest seabird assemblage on Earth, plus an impressive diversity of endemic land birds and waterfowl. Vast penguin and seabird colonies include the entire world population of Royal Penguins on Macquarie! For more information on this exciting pelagic expedition, click here.

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What our clients say about tours to New Zealand

  • The trip sounded good in the write-up but far exceeded our expectations.  The pelagic trips were outstanding.  The number of participants was perfect.  Erik knew the birds and their calls/sounds and was very effective in getting everyone to see the birds.  He called many pelagic IDs well before other people had even spotted the birds.  Erik’s skills in managing the participants showed and his sense of humour added to his effectiveness.  We thoroughly enjoyed our trip.

    DM & SM, New Zealand
  • Erik was a delight to be with, as his sense of humour was a constant. Having him at the helm added an unexpected and pleasurable dimension to the whole trip. The entire trip was terrific: beautiful scenery, nice people, good beer and food, and comfy accommodations.

    DE & NE, New Zealand
  • Erik Forsyth is one of the best guides. Extraordinary knowledge of birds as well as New Zealand itself. Personable and cheerful with a wonderful sense of humour. He is attentive birders’ needs and made every effort to meet and exceed any special needs. He knew where to try and find the endemics, and the only one we didn’t see or hear was because of inclement weather. We would definitely travel with Erik again should that opportunity present itself.

    JM & MW, New Zealand 2017
  • Erik Forsyth is not only extremely knowledgeable but also accommodating and fun.

    KB, New Zealand 2017