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 did a fine job of managing the group. He is a constitutionally positive person and conveyed a healthy sense of humour that was appreciated by the entire group. He clearly endeavoured to spend time with all of the members of the group which brought about good group cohesion. He met each person, regardless of their birding ability, and facilitated their birding experience.

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

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.

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 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.

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