Wildlife

Our physical isolation has led to the development of unique wildlife species. Best known are our flightless birds such as the Kiwi. Best known for our flightless bird the Kiwi, and a number of forest birds not found anywhere else on the globe New Zealand is also known as the seabird capital of the world.Lizards, frogs, and bats are the only indigenous land animals in New Zealand. New Zealand has tuatara, geckos, skinks, and four species of native frog. The two surviving species of bat are our only surviving mammals New Zealand marine mammals include many species of dolphins, seals and whales.

Eastern North Island

Nelson / Marlborough

Canterbury

West Coast

Auckland Region

Gannets

An easily accessible colony of Australasian Gannets can be found at Muriwai Beach in the Muriwai Regional Park. It is interesting to note that the first flight of the juvenile birds takes them to their destination more than 2000 km away, returning from Australia in 2-6 years.  

Kelly Tarlton's

Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World offers a unique Pacific
and Southern Oceans marine experience

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo has New Zealand's largest collection of animals and is recognised
as one of the most progressive zoos in the world

Eastern North Island

The largest Gannet Colony in the country is at Cape Kidnappers, once there visitors can get very close to the birds.

Wellington

Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is home to more than 500 animals (and over 100 species). New Zealand’s first Zoo we sit on 13 hectares in Wellington city’s green town belt.

Zealandia Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Just a few minutes from Wellingtons CB is world's first fully-fenced urban wildlife sanctuary a beautiful 225ha (550 acre) eco-sanctuary offering a great opportunityto see some of New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and insects in the wild. 

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

Wildlife viewing, eco and nature tours. You get to experience endangered wildlife up close and in the wild. The 940 hectares of the Pukaha Mount Bruce reserve is the last remaining remnant of the once-famous 70 Mile Bush and the Trust which administers the Centre is making great progress in ridding the area of pests .

Nelson / Marlborough

Gannets

A third mainland colony can be found at Farewell Spit, the very northern tip of the South Island.

The Hutton's Shearwater

The Hutton's Shearwater is an endangered seabird endemic to Kaikoura. The only place in the world that this species breeds is high in the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges at elevations between 1200 to 1800 metres. www.huttonsshearwater.org.nz

Canterbury

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch

New Zealand's largest and most accessible kiwi viewing area. You will see one of the most complete selections of New Zealand native and introduced wildlife in natural bush surroundings. Much wildlife wanders free and is able to be petted and fed.

Otago / Deep South

The Royal Albatross Centre

The Royal Albatross Centre is located on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, about a 45 minute drive from Dunedin. Taiaroa Head is the site of the world's only mainland royal albatross breeding ground.

West Coast

Okarito

New Zealand's largest unmodified estuarine lagoon - home to more than 70 bird species, including the beautiful kotuku (White Heron).

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Activities

Albatross Encounter

Kaikoura is a seabird mecca with a diverse array of species to view all year round.  Up close encounters of albatross. mollymawks, petrels, shearwaters, penguins and more.  Check our website for latest sightings and more information. 

Phone: 0800 733 365    Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura,    www.albatrossencounter.co.nz/albatross/

Elm Wildlife Tours

Close encounters with nature. Exclusive guided tours of spectacular Otago Peninsula witness tourism and penguin conservation working together within our private reserve.

Elm Wildlife Tours

Phone: 03 454 4121    Address: 19 Irvine Road - The Cove, RD2, Dunedin    www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz

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