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Visiting the Pureora Forest with its millennial trees
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Seeing a kiwi on a night walk
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Viewing Sperm Whales on our boat trip around Kaikoura Peninsula
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Hearing the song of the endemic New Zealand Bellbirds
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Viewing Sperm Whales on our boat trip around Kaikoura Peninsula

New Zealand

Oct 16-30, 2021

15 days | New Zealand | Quest Nature Tours

New Zealand is un-crowded, unmodified, and unsurpassed in its splendour. On this environmental journey of discovery, we’ll show you the full diversity of the country’s spectacular natural heritage. Travelling by small coach, we will explore the variety of awesome landscapes including extravagant glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau and miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches. We’ll see many of the world’s rarest, most enchanting wildlife and plant species in pristine settings beyond compare. We’ll experience some of New Zealand’s seismic features, walk among the world’s largest fuchsias, visit a colony of Northern Royal Albatross, take a boat tour to watch Sperm Whales and cruise on the deep, icy blue waterways to search for Bottlenose Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and the rare Fiordland Penguin. Whether an introduction to nature study or a once in a lifetime trip, this tour is a winner!
 
We will be offering pre-tour extension to wonderful New Caledonia, a hotbed of endemic birds and plants, notably the extraordinary Kagu. Please enquire for more information!
 
 
100% of 2018 travellers say this tour "exceeded their expectations" and would describe the learning component as "excellent"!
Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$7245 (Incl. C$150 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$150 are included.

"Lynette was a gem." - Ann & Alan
"Kiwis love the outdoors!" - Quest Traveller

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Auckland and rest up from the flight
2Ferry to the predator-free island nature sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi, where several endangered bird species have been successfully introduced
3Drive to the geothermal region of the Firth of Thames, and explore the volatile Waimangu Thermal Valley
4Enjoy the spectacular Pureora forest, a prime example of lush forests with fantastic flora and bird life
5Drive to Wellington through the snow-capped peaks of Tongariro N.P. and ferry to Picton
6Walk to the tree line and enjoy breathtaking panoramas in Nelson Lakes N.P.
7Spot Sperm Whales that feed in the waters off the coast on your cruise in Kaikoura Peninsula
8Nature walk in the forest and alpine habitats in the Kaikoura region
9Explore the tranquil forest of Peel Forest and the sienna tussock grassland of Mackenzie Country
10Drive by the deep turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook N.P.
11Travel to the striking Lindis Pass to Queenstown - New Zealand's picturesque resort town
12Drive alongside Lake Wakatipu and into the Fiordland World Heritage Area, New Zealand's largest national park
13Travel to Stewart Island for a kiwi safari
14Back to civilization to the city of Dunedin and cruise by the entrance of Otago Harbour
15Depart Dunedin
Optional Extension: New Caledonia  |  Learn more
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Your Tour Leader

Lynette Hartley has worked in the conservation field in New Zealand for over 20 years. She is passionately invested in protecting New Zealand’s threatened native ecosystems, and is active in habitat restoration activities. Lynette is also an accomplished nature artist. She will look forward to hosting you on our tour!

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$7245 (Incl. C$150 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$150 are included.

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