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*FULL* New Zealand

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When: Oct 11, 2018 12:00 AM to Oct 26, 2018 11:55 PM
Contact:
Erin Law
971-222-6119

Oct 11 - 26, 2018 | New Zealand, seen by many as an oceanic "clean, green" paradise, is home to a diverse range of endemic animals and plants


Birding and Natural History



New Zealand, seen by many as an oceanic "clean, green"
Milford Sound by Bernard Spragg
Milford Sound by Bernard Spragg
paradise, is home to a diverse range of endemic animals and plants. These species evolved without the influence of mammals, during isolation from an ancient southern continent, Gondwana. Conservation of these unique native species and habitats has a strong role in New Zealand's culture and identity.

While concentrating on birds, wildlife and plant communities, this amazing journey of discovery will also enable participants to learn about the islands’ special natural features and view New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery.
 
This tour takes you away from the population centers and the tourist traps to study and enjoy the lesser known but equally spectacular parts of New Zealand. The magnificent rain forests and dramatic coastline are particular foci, but we also visit offshore islands, such as Stewart Island, to view the iconic but now threatened flightless Kiwi in the wild, and Tiri Tiri Matangi Island which is a sanctuary for so many of New Zealand’s endangered birds.
 
Our days will be ever changing. In the north the emphasis is on the magnificent Kauri and Podocarp rain forests, and later on the volcanic and geothermal activity that has shaped and defined the North Island. Once across Cook Strait on the South Island, our attention turns to the fascinating dramatically different landscapes and biota – range upon range of high mountains, some lush and wet, others stark, dramatic and arid. All are equally spectacular.  In between visits to the varied alpine worlds of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Cook and Fiordland there is time to watch and study in awe the albatrosses and marine mammals at Kaikoura and Dunedin. We hope to see some of the world’s most endangered avifauna, such as the Whio or New Zealand Blue Duck, Black Stilt, Kokako, as well as Fiordland Crested and Yellow Eyed Penguins!

Kea by Markus Koljonen
Kea by Markus Koljonen
 

 

 

Fee: $4,395 member / $4,795 non-member

Deposit: $2,200

Single supplement: $675

Leaders: Ivan Phillipsen and local guides

Group size: limited to 14 participants

Fee includes: All ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guide fees and tips, entrance fees, excursions and the services of your skilled leaders

Not included:  Airfare to & from New Zealand and dinners


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