Overview

New Zealand supports a host of unusual endemic land birds and a rich assemblage of marine birds and mammals. Starting in Christchurch, we head to Arthur’s Pass where we will be hiking through pristine Red Beech forest surrounded by breathtaking glacier-lined mountains, where Pipipi (Brown Creeper), Rifleman and the massive Kea can be found. Thereafter we embark on a pelagic adventure into the fantastic upwelling off Kaikoura, searching for an abundance of albatrosses, shearwaters and petrels. Our last port of call is Picton where a chartered boat tour will take us through the Marlborough Sound to Motuara Bird Sanctuary, where the dazzling South Island Saddleback, Yellow-crowned Parakeet and New Zealand Robin will no doubt entertain us,  With excellent lodging, vineyards, wines and meals, awe-inspiring scenery and fantastically friendly “Kiwis”, this is sure to be a tour of a lifetime!

This tour is designed to be a relaxed, moderate paced tour that spends quality time observing and learning about a number of local birds and the conservation effort to save them. We will also spend a good deal of time visiting New Zealand's award winning vineyards and wine tasting.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Double-banded Plover, Wrybill, South Island saddleback, King Shag, Rifleman, Black-fronted Tern, Kea, Wrybill, Black-billed Gull, Hutton’s Shearwater and 8 species of albatross possible
Top Mammals
New Zealand Fur Seal, Hector’s and Dusky Dolphins
Habitats Covered
forest, beach, estuary and pelagic at sea
Expected Climate
subtropical with chances for occasional rain
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader and local leaders where necessary
Tour Pace & Walking
easy pace with undemanding walks. Most walks are on trails in reserves. Trails tend to be flat with reasonable space but can be a little slippery when wet.
Accommodation
good hotels, roads, facilities and wifi throughout etc
Ease of Birding
most species are easily seen in open habitat. Kiwi are found at night and are wary of sound and light, so a fair amount of luck is needed.
Number of Species Expected
100
Other Attractions
Southern Alpine Mountain Range
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent throughout
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

ERIK IS A WONDERFUL GUIDE AND COMPANION WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR BUT ALSO WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL. WE FOUND ALMOST ALL OF THE BIRDS ON OUR CHECKLIST AND ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS.

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Erik Forsyth is an excellent guide. He managed a one-man show as bird guide, van driver and ground agent all the while maintaining a wonderful sense of humor.

Erik Forsyth is a brilliant  tour leader and birder;  I would definitely like to travel with him again in the future!

Erik Forsyth was excellent, a great guide; professional, knowledgeable, friendly and pleasant to be around. He was also a careful driver who spent many hours driving us around New Zealand. All in all, I was left very satisfied and happy with the tour; and this being my first Rockjumper tour, I was left with a very positive impression of the company and its staff. I would certainly like to use Rockjumper and Erik again!

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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