Nature tour in New Zealand

“Pick up your hire car and follow a host of expert nature guides around some of NZ's most incredible landscapes. Maori culture, geothermal activity and wildlife aplenty.”

Highlights

Bay of Islands | Tiritiri Matangi Island Reserve | 'Kiwi Dundee' on the Coromandel Peninsula | Maori culture in Rotorua | Wellington | Karori Wildlife Sanctuary | Kaikoura | Antarctic Centre in Christchurch | Southern Alps | Penguins on the Otago Peninsula | Stewart Island | Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience | Milford Sound | Lord of the Rings landscapes around Queenstown |

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Departure information

Available all year. This suggested itinerary can be modified entirely to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination
Our top tip:
Be aware that NZ can experience fairly harsh weather conditions around June, July and August as well as a fair few crowds in Feb. Best time to travel are the months of November, December and January.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Eco-friendly B&Bs, guest houses, heritage hotels, Maori-run lodges and historic resorts.
Included:
Car hire (airport pick up), accommodation, expert nature guides and all listed excursions.
Meals:
Breakfasts included.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Nature tour in New Zealand

Green Globe 21: Several of the properties and excursions mentioned in this itinerary are members of Green Globe 21, the worldwide benchmarking and certification programme which facilitates sustainable travel and tourism for consumers, companies and communities. It is based on Agenda 21 and Principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 governments at the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992.

Accommodation: In general, New Zealand is a very environmentally friendly country, but certain properties have excelled in their eco-friendly approach. The Summer House in Kerikeri is the first B&B in the world to be Green Globe 21 benchmarked and their attention to conservation attracts 27 bird species to their gardens.The Heritage Hotel in Rotorua has also achieved Green Globe accreditation.

Wilderness Lodge in Arthur's Pass was specifically set up to show that ecotourism can contribute to the economy and also protect the environment through nature conservation. Lodge owner Dr Gerry McSweeney is currently the National President of the National Forest and Bird Protection Society, and he and his naturalist guides can take you on guided tours of the farm, the mountains and the forest.

New Zealand excels in its small, family-run bed and breakfast properties, where visitors experience true kiwi hospitality as well as often learning more about the area they are staying in and meeting the people who live there. This itinerary includes a variety of such properties, many of which are buildings of historic interest and are in stunning locations.

Excursions: No trip to New Zealand is complete without observing the fantastic array of wildlife which is found in every region. By carefully choosing which operators we recommend, visitors to New Zealand can get up close to the wildlife in its natural environment without causing any disturbance. Many of these excursions are small, family-run businesses with a real focus on the environment and giving the visitor a truly unique experience with minimum impact on the environment.

For example, Kiwi Dundee Adventures is owned and managed by Doug and Jan Johansen, both of whom have independently received Queen's medals for their contribution to nature, New Zealand Tourism and education; Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience on Stewart Island is wholly owned and operated by familes from Stewart Island, and part of the revenue supports local conservation programmes; Myths and Legends in the Marlborough Sounds is run by a local family from their 75 year old Kauri planked launch. Pete's family have lived in the Marlborough Sounds for six generations. His wife, Takutai, is Maori, and together with Tane, their son, they run their ecotours to suit the preferences of the small groups they take on board.

Whale Watch Kaikoura is a Maori-owned enterprise, hugely proud of their commitment to education and their affiliations with international organisations involved in the research of marine life in the Kaikoura Trench. Along with keeping an eye out for sperm whales, seals, dolphins and off-shore birds, on-board naturalists offer a wealth of information about both the wildlife and the local Maori history and culture.

Local Culture: The Maori heritage is an inherent part of New Zealand life, and there are countless opportunities to experience Maori traditions, crafts, food and dance. Te Puia in Rotorua is an excellent place to learn more about all facets of Maori life. It is a working Arts and Crafts Institute, founded by the government in recognition of the real threat to the indigenous race of New Zealand and the need to encourage, foster, train students, exhibit works and restore the Maori culture and Maori arts and crafts. Again, local guides offer an insight into the lives of the local people, their activities and their land.

Reviews of Nature tour in New Zealand

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The nature trips, guides and information for the whole trip. The open roads with no cars in sight sometimes for many many miles. The scenery and the different variety that can be experienced. The people and their helpfulness always willing to give advice and make sure you have a good as experience as was possible whatever it was you were looking for. The organisation of our entire trip was seamless and all arragements went like clockwork.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Try it, if its scenery some wildlife, good locations, not too hot temperatures,
excellent Homestays, relaxed easy driving and car travel with no traffic this is the
place to go.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes all the accomodation we stayed at or travel companies used for trips seem to be very aware of humans environmental impact and affect on wildlife, all were very supportive of trying to support conservation of their wildlife and habitat as much as they possibly could so that it could be protected and preserved as much as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

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