Continuing to the fabled Tiritiri Matangi Island, we will bird this predator-free reserve for the prehistoric Takahe, strange North Island Kokako and Stichbird, before combing the Miranda shoreline for the bizarre Wrybill and numerous migrant waders. We finish our time on North Island inside the fern-tree forests, searching for the noisy New Zealand Kaka, migrant Long-tailed Cuckoo and tiny Rifleman.
Crossing onto South Island, our first stop is Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, where the dazzling South Island Saddleback and New Zealand Robin will no doubt entertain us, before we embark on another pelagic adventure into the fantastic upwelling off Kaikoura, searching for an abundance of albatrosses, shearwaters and petrels. Travelling across South Island, we will seek the endemic flightless rail known as the Weka, as well as Great Spotted Kiwi, before hiking through pristine Red Beech forest surrounded by breathtaking glacier-lined mountains, where Pipipi (Brown Creeper) and the massive Kea can be found.
In Fiordland National Park our targets will include Blue Duck, the cute New Zealand Rockwren and New Zealand Falcon, before catching our ferry to the rugged Stewart Island in search of Southern Brown Kiwi and a variety of other specialties prior to another pelagic outing visiting several nearby islands.
Our final destination is Dunedin, where a visit to a Northern Royal Albatross colony and a Yellow-eyed Penguin breeding site will certainly be amongst the many highlights of this rewarding tour.
With excellent lodging and meals, awe-inspiring scenery and fantastically friendly “Kiwis”, this is sure to be a tour of a lifetime!
THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…
Tour Dates - 10th to 27th January (18 days)
Tour Price - NZ$8,475 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in NZ$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - Limited to 8 participants and 1 leader
10th January - Auckland to Kerikeri
11th January - Kerikeri to Snells Beach
12th January - Pelagic off Hauraki Gulf
13th January - Day trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island
14th January - Warkworth to Tokaanu via Miranda
15th January - Tongariro National Park
16th January - Tokaanu to Picton
17th January - Picton to Kaikoura via Marlborough Sounds
18th January - Kaikoura Pelagic and drive to Punakaki
19th January - Punakaiki to Franz Josef Glacier
20th January - Franz Josef to Omarama
21st January - Omarama to Te Anau
22nd January - Fiordland National Park via Milford Sound
23rd January - Te Anau to Stewart Island
24th January - Stewart Island Pelagic
25th January - Stewart Island to Dunedin
26th January - Dunedin Area
27th January - Departure
The fee for the Comprehensive New Zealand I tour is NZ$8,475 per person sharing.
The single supplement cost for this tour is NZ$975 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euros (€), or US Dollar (US$), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 18;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All ground transportation;
•All national park entrance fees; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services.)
The tour fee does not include:
•ANY flights (see above);
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (NZ$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.
•It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage;
•Accommodation throughout the trip is of a good standard and the hotels and resorts that we make use of range from comfortable to good. There is no camping on this trip.
•Please note that the seas during the various pelagic trips can be unpredictable and participants who opt for these pelagics must therefore bear this in mind. If you have any medical conditions or physical limitations relating to balance and mobility, please do let the office know. Furthermore, it is essential that you bring along some motion sickness medication if you suspect that you could be prone to seasickness. We suggest that you contact your travel doctor for information regarding the various medication options.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will begin in Auckland on day 1, according to the above itinerary. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude in Dunedin on day 18. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance or advice in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Auckland is the main port of entry for international flights into New Zealand for those travelling on this tour and is well serviced by many of the world’s major airlines. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations. Excludes flight costs.
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