Overview

Our Great Spotted Kiwi tour is designed to seek out one of New Zealand’s most sought-after endemics. By no means guaranteed, we have two nights each at prime localities where we will maximise searching for this species.  

Other attractions are hiking through pristine Red Beech forest surrounded by breath-taking glacier-lined mountains, where Pipipi (Brown Creeper) Blue Duck, the cute New Zealand Rockwren, New Zealand Falcon, Malherb’s (Orange-fronted) Parakeet, Fernbird, Rifleman and the friendly Kea can be found.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
Great Spotted Kiwi, New Zealand Falcon, Morepork, Pipipi (Brown Creeper), Rifleman, Fernbird, Black-billed Gull, Black-fronted Tern, Kea, Malherb’s (Orange-fronted) Parakeet and Blue Duck
Habitats Covered
forest, beach, estuary
Expected Climate
subtropical with chances for occasional rain
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader and local leaders where necessary
Tour Pace & Walking
This tour is aimed at the serious birder. The tour will be moderately paced and based at two locations, maximising night-time to locate one of New Zealand’s most difficult endemics. 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, 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
80
Other Attractions
fantastic scenery, possibly snow-capped Alpine Mountains, beautiful streams
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent, but Kiwi photographic opportunities are poor
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

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!

The tour was well-planned and Erik Forsyth was an excellent leader. The accommodation, food and transportation were also excellent.

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 the tour, which covered a wonderfully varied range of environments, scenery, birds, etc., and was a great introduction to New Zealand. Erik Forsyth did a good job of rearranging times and/or dates for two of the pelagics, which were ultimately successful--even given substantial rain and wind.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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