NEW! New Zealand

The trip of a lifetime, enjoying the extraordinary wildlife of both North and South Island

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New Zealand is very much a once in a lifetime destination, featuring some of the most unique, diverse and extraordinary wildlife on our planet! On this tour we plan to travel the length of the country, exploring the differing North and South islands, plus several of the offshore islands. On North Island, walking through the Dinosaur Gondwanan Forests (little changed in over 100 million years) feels like a step back in time while Tiritiri Matangi Island is home to a number of rare birds, including North Island Saddleback, Takahe, Brown Teal, Red-crowned Parakeet and Stitchbird and is widely considered one of New Zealand’s most notable conservation successes.

The archipelago is famed for its seabirds and as we relocate to South Island, we aim to take a pelagic trip from Kaikoura. Close views of Northern and Southern Royal, New Zealand Wandering, Black-browed, Campbell, White-capped, and Salvin’s Albatrosses are possible, along with a variety of petrels, Northern Giant-petrel and the endemic Hutton’s Shearwater and perhaps Sperm Whale too. Working our way south through Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) we enter an Alpine environment with new possibilities before continuing towards the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. Off the countries southern tip lies Stewart Island, within which the Rakuira National Park is home to Brown Kiwi – one of the most sought-after species of the tour! Nearby Ulva Island is home to some of New Zealand’s most threatened birds including South Island Saddleback and Stewart Island Robin. We may also see New Zealand Kaka here, while other endemic or rare species we have chances of seeing at various stages of this tour include Blue Duck, Kea, Weka, Bellbird, Tui, Wrybill, Yellow-eyed Penguin, New Zealand Falcon, New Zealand Rock Wren and Tomtit.

With such a thrilling array of wildlife and experiences, this is your chance (perhaps the one and only) to visit New Zealand with Heatherlea and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

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Please note: all itineraries are given as a guide only. Actual holiday content may vary according to the judgement of your guide, and elements beyond our control (eg weather).

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Why choose Heatherlea for your birding and wildlife holiday?

Our overseas holidays are planned with care to offer great birding and wildlife, led by capable Leaders who really look after you. Every holiday is run the 'Heatherlea Way', and we hope our Overseas Adventures remind you of the quality and care so many of you enjoy in Scotland. That means rewarding and exciting days in the field, and good quality accommodation and meals, with a real flavour of the country we are visiting. Heatherlea always seek to include the personal touches that make all the difference.

Heatherlea holidays are not ‘dawn to dusk’ expeditions. Our less-intensive approach is ideal for those who want to relax whilst experiencing the best wildlife watching, and wherever possible we organise early or late activity on an optional basis. We also take sensible breaks when in very hot places and regular comfort breaks on every holiday whenever possible. All itineraries are planned carefully around the best wildlife opportunities, and you won’t miss out on memorable wildlife, whilst enjoying relaxed, informal days that are great fun.

The really important part of any wildlife holiday is the experience for you, our valued customer. Heatherlea invest in many things to offer you the best possible service;

  • We have been organising birding and wildlife holidays for over 30 seasons, and have a highly experienced and capable office team. We also offer a telephone and email service outside normal office hours.
  • Heatherlea overseas holidays have a maximum of 12 clients per trip, putting the emphasis on personal service, and helping you get the best possible experience.
  • Our holidays often include things which others might invite you to pay yourself, for instance Departure Taxes and tips to hotels.
  • All elements of our holidays are sold under our own licence, ATOL 6113. Under ‘Flight-Plus’ legislation it is a legal requirement of any tour operator to hold an ATOL licence for the supply of any overseas holiday where a flight is involved, if that holiday includes either overseas accommodation and/or car hire. It can be a criminal offence for an operator to book flights as part of a package without an ATOL licence. Heatherlea also hold full Tour Operator Insurance for your added protection.
  • Heatherlea is your complete wildlife holiday provider. Our ‘Back Office’ team can organise all your pre-flight and other travel needs. Our specialists will help you book the right services, at the best price. Book holiday extensions through us, and your ATOL protection is extended further. We don’t charge extra for this service.
  • Heatherlea is a limited company, registered in Scotland, and registered to pay VAT (applies to all holidays within the European Union).

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