New Zealand supports a host of unusual endemic land birds and a rich assemblage of marine birds and mammals. Our comprehensive tour is designed to seek almost every possible endemic and take full advantage of New Zealand’s oceanic diversity. Beginning in Auckland, 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 then takes place in the Hauraki Gulf in search of the recently rediscovered New Zealand Storm Petrel and a myriad of other species. Continuing to the fabled Tiritiri Matangi Island, we will bird this predator-free reserve for the prehistoric South Island Takahe, strange North Island Kokako and Stitchbird, before combing the Miranda shoreline for the bizarre Wrybill and numerous migrant waders. We finish our time on North Island visiting Kapiti Island searching for the endangered Little Spotted Kiwi, migrant Long-tailed Cuckoo and Tomtit.

Crossing onto South Island, our first stop is Blumine 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. Travelling across South Island, we will seek the endemic flightless rail known as the Weka, as well as the critically endangered Black Stilt, before hiking through pristine Red Beech forest surrounded by breathtaking glacier-lined mountains, where Pipipi (Brown Creeper) and the massive Kea can be found. In Fiordland National Park our targets will include Blue Duck, the cute New Zealand Rockwren and New Zealand Falcon, before catching our ferry to the rugged Stewart Island in search of Southern Brown Kiwi and a variety of other specialities prior to another pelagic outing visiting several nearby islands. Our final 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 tour. With excellent lodging and meals, awe-inspiring scenery and fantastically friendly “Kiwis”, this is sure to be a tour of a lifetime!

Top Birds

Southern Brown, North Island Brown & Little Spotted Kiwis; Paradise Shelduck; Blue Duck; Brown Teal; New Zealand Scaup; Yellow-eyed, Fiordland & Little Penguins; New Zealand Storm Petrel; Wandering, Antipodean, Southern Royal, Northern Royal, Campbell, Shy, Salvin's & Buller's Albatrosses; Cook's, Westland & Black Petrels; Buller's & Hutton's Shearwater; New Zealand Grebe; Spotted, Rough-faced, Foveaux, Otago & Spotted Shags; Weka; South Island Takahe; South Island & Variable Oystercatchers; Black Stilt; Wrybill; New Zealand Plover; Black-billed Gull; White-fronted & Black-fronted Terns; New Zealand Pigeon; New Zealand Falcon; Kea; New Zealand Kaka; Yellow-crowned & Malherbe's Parakeets; Rifelman; New Zealand Rockwren; Tui; Grey Gerygone; North Island Kokako; North Island & South Island Saddlebacks; Stitchbird; Yellowhead; Whitehead; Pipipi; Tomtit; New Zealand Robin; New Zealand Fernbird; New Zealand Pipit.

Top Mammals

New Zealand Fur Seal; Hector's & Dusky Dolphins; Killer Whale

Habitats Covered

mudflats, estuary, river, pelagic, wetlands, islands, alpine grasslands, mountain beech forest, temperate rainforest

Expected Climate

subtropical to temperate. the south can get very cold. New Zealand often experiences four seasons in one day, so you should be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature.

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

mostly very relaxed with some longer walks

Accommodation

very comfortable

Ease of Birding

mostly undemanding

Number of Species Expected

135+

Photographic Opportunities

excellent

What our clients say about us

Erik Forsyth
JP, New Zealand 2018

Beautiful country, good birding sites, good group of travelers. Eric Forsyth was an excellent guide, handling all situations very well, including weather-related activity cancellations that were beyond his control.

Erik Forsyth
DE & NE, 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.

Erik Forsyth
JM, New Zealand 2018

Overall, a very good tour. Erik Forsyth got us onto all the most wanted birds and was attentive to everyone's needs. He was professional and kept the atmosphere fun and light.

Erik Forsyth
DF - New Zealand 2024

Erik is a fantastic leader and guide, with a great sense of humour and empathy. His knowledge and experience was first class, and he was entirely on top of the logistics throughout. All of which made this trip of a lifetime a total joy. Thank you!

Erik Forsyth
PN, New Zealand 2023

Erik made long days on the road a entertaining with a very friendly a manner and frequent comfort stops! A wonderful sense of humor is always appreciated. His knowledge was excellent and he always worked very hard to get everyone on the birds. We really enjoyed traveling with him and hope to do so again!

New Zealand - Comprehensive II 2024

22 Oct 2024 - 07 Nov 2024 (17 days)

NZD11,395 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Tour price (Per person): NZD11,395 * USD6,719 * GBP5,409 * EUR6,332 * AUD10,487

Single Supplement: NZD1,550 * USD914 * GBP736 * EUR861 * AUD1,426

New Zealand - Comprehensive III 2024

11 Nov 2024 - 27 Nov 2024 (17 days)

NZD11,395 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Tour price (Per person): NZD11,395 * USD6,719 * GBP5,409 * EUR6,332 * AUD10,487

Single Supplement: NZD1,550 * USD914 * GBP736 * EUR861 * AUD1,426

New Zealand - Comprehensive I 2025

07 Jan 2025 - 23 Jan 2025 (17 days)

NZD11,595 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Tour price (Per person): NZD11,595 * USD6,837 * GBP5,504 * EUR6,443 * AUD10,671

Single Supplement: NZD1,450 * USD855 * GBP688 * EUR806 * AUD1,334

New Zealand - Comprehensive II 2025

16 Oct 2025 - 01 Nov 2025 (17 days)

NZD11,595 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Tour price (Per person): NZD11,595 * USD6,837 * GBP5,504 * EUR6,443 * AUD10,671

Single Supplement: NZD1,450 * USD855 * GBP688 * EUR806 * AUD1,334

New Zealand - Comprehensive III 2025

05 Nov 2025 - 21 Nov 2025 (17 days)

NZD11,595 - 2 Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Tour price (Per person): NZD11,595 * USD6,837 * GBP5,504 * EUR6,443 * AUD10,671

Single Supplement: NZD1,450 * USD855 * GBP688 * EUR806 * AUD1,334

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