New Zealand Wildlife

Please don't feed the locals Photo taken by: (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

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New Zealand Wildlife on Tour

Our trips are designed to get you off the beaten track. That means less crowds and more wildlife.  Below are details on many of the locals you will meet during our tours - all photos are taken by clients on tour.

Marine Life

dusky dolphinDusky Dolphins

A definite must do on any of our tours is the opportunity to swim with dolphins in Kaikoura.  The Dusky dolphins are universally rated as some of the most sociable and playful in the World.  The opportunity to interact with these creatures on their terms in the open ocean is a genuine once in a lifetime experience (and the hot drinks once you are back on board aren't bad either!). 

Photo taken by Chrys Tremththanmor. 


 

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These magnificent creatures find their homes in NZ's marine rich ocean waters.  They are frequently spotted off the coast of Kaikoura and this is the perfect location to view them.   The sight of these wonderful creatures launching their mammoth tales in the air as they plunge to the depths of the ocean is breathtaking for all.  Add in the spectacular mountain backdrop of the Kaikoura region and you can see why this is a picture postcard moment. 

Photo taken by www.theplanetd.com.

Fur Sealseal

These relaxed locals can be spotted all over the coastal areas and in particular around the South Island.  They are easy to spot and make great models as they rarely move (but don't get too close).  They can grow up to a reported 250kg and almost 2 metres in length and spend most of the days soaking up the rays. 

Photo taken by Gaelle. 

yellow eyed penguinYellow Eyed Penguin

These cute little characters have chosen New Zealand as their home and are only found around our shores.  The have a unique yellow band around their heads and is one of the World's rarest penguins.   They are considered endangered but joining us on the carefully managed sanctuary helps raise vital funds to help support research and protection for them. 

Photo taken by Chrys Tremththanmor

 

blue penguinBlue Penguin

These shy guys are hard to spot but worth the wait.  They spend most of their time on the water and are most frequently spotted when we are out kayaking.  They hard to spot as they are the World's smallest pengion but that makes them even cuter.  In Australila they are known as the fairy penguin.

Photo taken by Chrys Tremththanmor

 


On Land

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Sheep

No visit to New Zealand would be complete without mentioning our woolly, white friends.  New Zealand is rightly famous for our wool packed fields.  There are currently around 9 sheep to every 1 human in New Zealand so your chances of bumping into these guys are pretty high. 

Photo taken by Lindsey Keith

  
     
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Tuatara

Whilst you aren't going to spot these amazing creatures on the mainland they are worth a mention.  Endemic to New Zealand the Tuatara are totally unique in many ways including; a mysterious third eye (scientists still cant quite work out what it does), they can hear but have no visible ears, the average lifespan is around 65 years but many live beyond 100 and believe that lifespans of over 200 are possible.  They are currently working hard to build up the population on offshore islands but they can be viewed in wildlife sanctuarys around the country.

Photo taken by Chrys Tremththanmor

     
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Cattle

Although cattle have always been secondary to the sheep in New Zealand this is still an important industry and you will meet a variety of breeds and varieties on your travels.  From highland cows to Aberdeen angus you will meet them all happily chewing their way through our pastures. 

Photo taken by Chrys Tremththanmor

     

  Birds

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Kiwi

The most iconic and treasured of our many bird species and another who decided to shun the traditional "fly like a bird" approach.  Thse ground based beauties find NZ as their only home and we are working hard to help them thrive.  Amongst their claims to fame the kiwi lays the largest egg of any bird in the World (relative to its body size), has nostrils at the end of its beak, it has no tail, is almost blind and so well recognised that we have named ourselves after it.  

 

kea    albattross2      pukeko      PARADISE DUCK2       pied stilt
 Kea    Albatross    Pukeko    Paradise Duck    Pied Stilt
                 
 SHAG    TUI   BELLBIRD2     HERON2   WEKA 
 Shag    Tui    Bellbird    Heron    Weka
                 
All photos of the birds above are taken by Chrys Tremththanmor
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Kea Albatross
pukeko PARADISE DUCK2
Pukeko Paradise Duck
pied stilt SHAG
Pied Stilt Shag
TUI BELLBIRD2
Tui Bellbird
HERON2 WEKA
Heron  Weka
All photos of the birds above are taken by Chrys Tremththanmor