NEW ZEALAND HOLIDAYS & NATURE EXPERIENCES

New Zealand has an undeniable wealth of wildlife and wilderness experiences that are unique to these Antipodean islands. Here we present some holiday ideas and itineraries and on the other tabs above you will find further excursions and interesting day tours that will complete your New Zealand holiday experience. In the meantime if you require more inspiration for a tailor made holiday in New Zealand then do please contact us as we will be happy to create the perfect trip for you.

My surprise honeymoon to New Zealand was an outstanding success, made even better by the knowledge and expert planning of Wildlife & Wilderness who ensured we discovered some wonderful places and wildlife off the beaten track.Mrs. B. - Cheshire

Suggested Itineraries

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Wilderness South Expedition

9 days

Small Group Touring - South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area - High Country - West Coast Glaciers

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Islands of Discovery Self-Drive

21 Days

Explore ancient & unspoilt landscapes - Rare native birdlife - Diversity of North & South Islands

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North Island Explorer

15 Days

Northland & Bay of Islands - Unspoilt Coromandel - Protected sanctuary of Kapiti Island - Vibrant Wellington

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South Island Journey

15 Days

Dramatic alpine scenery - Doubtful Sound - Kiwi on Stewart Island - Wild west coast

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Natural New Zealand

14 Days

Superbly guided small group tour for nature enthusiasts - Best of both islands - Magnificent Coromandel - South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area

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North of the South

8 Days

Prolific birdlife - Remote and unspoilt national parks - Beautiful scenery - World class wine regions

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South of the South

9 Days

Prolific birdlife - Remote and unspoilt national parks - Beautiful scenery - Superb marine experiences

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Birding Down Under

19 Days

Expedition cruising to the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia - Knowledgeable crew and expedition team - Unique birding experience - Outstanding photographic opportunities

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Galapagos of the Southern Ocean

13 Days

Small ship expedition cruising - Visit the the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia - Abundant and unique wildlife

New Zealand's Wildlife & Wilderness

31 Days

Unspoilt wilderness - Unique native flora and fauna - Pristine rainforests - Rare birds - Stunning landscapes

Additional Experiences

These excursions range from day walks to flights to explore the offshore islands and can be combined easily into longer itineraries throughout New Zealand or added to your visits to friends and family. For logistics it is best to contact us and we can then advise on how best to fit these trips into your New Zealand holiday.

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Wild Stewart Island

Totally unspoilt natural beauty - Abundant birdlife - Exceptional walking tracks - Superb local guiding

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Explore the Chatham Islands

Rare geology - Prolific bird life - Wild natural habitats - Unique flora & fauna - Superb walking trails

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Great Walks of New Zealand

Walks, hiking & tramping options throughout New Zealand

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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

The 'Sound of Silence' - Splendid isolation - Stunning scenery - Resident wildlife

Day Tours

New Zealand is dramatic in its diversity as well as in its landscapes and wildlife and we have carefully selected a range of day touring experiences to enhance your travels through these beautiful islands. These are not mass-market excursions but where possible small group guided journey's with expert, local guides and designed to get beneath the usual veneer of day touring. Covering a wide scope of interests from hiking, wine touring, Maori culture and back country tours to wildlife viewing and dedicated bird watching tours these are just a small selection of what we can arrange for you. If there is something specific that you are interested in then please just ask us.

Selected Accommodation

We are delighted to present a small selection of just some of the wonderful accommodation available throughout New Zealand. You will find warm and welcoming hospitality and so much more at each of these New Zealand properties.


New Zealand

Maori legend says that the islands of New Zealand were hauled from the ocean depths like a giant fish and whilst New Zealand may be small in stature it offers a wealth of natural attractions on a vast scale. Using our knowledge and expertise here at Wildlife & Wilderness we are delighted to bring you a unique programme that showcases the many-coloured lands of this incredible country. We specialise in sharing with you the very best wildlife and wilderness experiences and have sought out some of the finest guides, boasting unsurpassed local knowledge, to enhance your time in New Zealand.

From the tip of the North Island Cape Reinga, to the wildlife sanctuary of Stewart Island on the southern shores of the South Island we have researched the best possible wildlife and wilderness experiences available.

The North Island offers a dramatic landscape of geothermal activity, sub-tropical rainforest and sweeping beaches. The panoramas are punctuated with the severed cones of volcanoes, which provide their own unique eco-systems. Birdlife is prolific and highlights include the Miranda Shorebird Centre, en route to the magnificent Coromandel, Hawkes Bay where over 7,000 breeding pairs of Australasian gannets nest at Cape Kidnappers and Kapiti Island, one of the best places to see the little spotted kiwi in their natural environment.

The landscape of the South Island changes from the gentle rolling vineyards of Marlborough and Nelson to the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps, which stretch like a backbone along the length of the island. On the east coast the nutrient-rich waters of Kaikoura are a natural playground for a diverse range of spectacular marine life including dolphins, whales, orca, fur seals, penguins and an abundance of pelagic birds including many species of albatross. Further south the Otago Peninsula is also home to a rich variety of marine life including the rare yellow-eyed penguin. From here the wild, unspoilt coastline of the beautiful Catlins is just a short drive and a must for any nature lover. Stewart Island, perched off the very southern tip of the South Island offers some of the best land and sea birding experiences to be had anywhere in New Zealand and is home to the Stewart Island brown kiwi. In total contrast the West Coast of New Zealand offers ancient glaciers, grinding relentlessly towards the ocean, primeval rainforests and wild beaches. Further south the coastline becomes torn by the fingers of Fiordland National Park where deep fiords ravaged by the forces of mother-nature have been carved into the landscape.

You can travel throughout New Zealand in style and comfort, enjoying renowned hospitality, sensational food and wine, world-class encounters with wildlife and discovering the beauty of the wilderness that abounds. Whether you want a private heli tour to remote and seemingly inaccessible locations, hiking tours through pristine wilderness, a leisurely self-drive exploration staying in boutique accommodation through areas filled with rare birdlife or private guided touring experiences that are second to none we look forward to helping you discover the natural beauty of New Zealand.

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New Zealand Travel Information

CAPITAL Wellington

TIME ZONE GMT +12 hours

FLIGHTS

To: Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown
Airlines: Air New Zeland, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Singapore Airlines
Flight time: approx. 24 hours to Auckland

HEALTH

No major health issues.

WEATHER

New Zealand lies in the temperate zone. The summer months of November - April are an obvious time to travel whilst those seeking great skiing and snowshoeing can travel June, July and August. The weather is greatly affected by New Zealand Alps lying as a barrier to Southern Ocean winds that wrap around the bottom of South Island. Auckland and the north are warmer and drier although there is temperate rainforest at this lattitude too.

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