Predator Free NZ

During this 25 day journey through New Zealand you will see first hand the efforts that New Zealanders are making to protect their native and rare birds from introduced predators. Click here to view the itinerary in full.   

By travelling with New Zealand In Depth and by staying with local operators who are part of Predator Free NZ you will be making a direct contribution to these efforts and helping New Zealand reach its target of being predator free by 2050. 

 

Day 1: Auckland

You will arrive in Auckland today, New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city.  It's home to a range of excellent wining and dining optinos and we recommend a trip up Sky Tower, the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere.


Day 2: Auckland & Tiritiri Matangi

Join a cruise to Tiritiri Matangi Island, a protected sanctuary, out in the Hauraki Gulf.  Here you will have the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's most endangered birds, including the kokako and saddleback.


Day 3: Auckland – Maungatautari

A 2½ hour drive will take you south to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.  It's New Zealand's largest native flora and fauna restoration project and is surrounded by 47km of pest proof fence.


Day 4: Maungatautari & Sanctuary Mountain 

You will spend today exploring Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain. The ancient forests inside the sanctuary are home to many of New Zealand's most endangered species - from birds to bats and frogs to reptiles.


Day 5: Maungatautari – Blue Duck Station  

A 4 hour drive today will take you south towards Tongariro National Park and then west towards Whanganui National Park and Blue Duck Station. It is a truly wild and remote place that combies farming, tourism and conservation with a special emphasis on protecting the whio, or blue duck.


Day 6: Blue Duck Station

At leisure. 


Day 7: Blue Duck Station – Hawkes Bay 

A 5 ½ hour drive today will take you east to Hawkes Bay.  The region is famous for its vineyards, the Art Deco towns of Napier and Hastings, as well as the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.


Day 8: Hawkes Bay

Today you may want to join a Kiwi Discovery Walk for the chance to hold a kiwi.


Day 9: Hawkes Bay – Kapiti Island

A 4 hour drive today will take you to Paraparaumu where you will take a short ferry journey over to Kapiti Island.  Apart from a small area of Maori tribal land the entire island is a nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary.


Day 10: Kapiti Island

You will spend today exploring Kapiti Island with a Maori family.


Day 11: Kapiti Island – Wellington

A short ferry journey will take you back to the mainland.  You will then have an hour's drive to New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.  Here you can visit the fascinating Te Papa Tongarewa museum. You may also like to join a guided night walk at Zealandia, a wildlife sanctuary just outside the city centre.

 

Day 12: Wellington – Golden Bay

Today you will take the iconic Interislander ferry journey across Cook Strait sailing through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds to Picton.  You will then drive to Golden Bay.  With its beautiful beaches and clear waters Golden Bay, and the nearby Abel Tasman National Park, are the pefect place for coastal walks and sea kayaking.


Day 13: Golden Bay

Today you will join a guided 4WD safari along the stunning Farewell Spit, home to a wide variety of bird life.


Day 14: Golden Bay  

At leisure. 


Day 15: Golden Bay – Okarito

You will travel along South Island's dramatic west coast today to Okarito.  Situated on the beach between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, Okarito is famous for its lagoon and its abundance of wildlife.

 

Day 16: Okarito  

Today you will take a boat tour on Okarito Lagoon and this evening you will join a night time kiwi spotting tour. 

 

Day 17: Okarito – Wanaka

Today will drive south through Glacier Country and on to Wanaka, which is beatifully positioned on the shores of Lake Wanaka and overlooked by the mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park.

 

Day 18: Wanaka – Te Anau  

A 4 hour drive today will take you to Te Anau, via the spectacular drive that's the Crown Range Road. This evening you may like to join a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the fascinating glowworm caves.

 

Day 19: Te Anau & Lake Hauroko

Today you will join a full day jet boat trip through dense and remote forest all the way to the south coast on the Wairaurahiri River.

 

Day 20: Te Anau – Stewart Island

A 3 hour drive today will take you through Invercargill to Bluff on the south coast where you will take a ferry to New Zealand's third largest Island - Stewart Island. There are miles of walking tracks here, crystal clear waters for snorkelling and abundance of rare wildlife.

 

Day 21: Stewart Island & Ulva Island

This morning you will join a guided tour of Ulva Island and this afternoon you will head out to sea to view some of New Zealand's pelagic birds including albatrosses, shearwaters and terns.

 

Day 22: Stewart Island

At leisure

 

Day 23: Stewart Island – Dunedin  

You will take the ferry back to Bluff this morning and drive to Dunedin via the Catlins. You may like to take a trip on the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

 

Day 24: Dunedin & Otago Peninsula  

This morning you will visit Orokonui Ecosanctuary.  Then in the afternoon you will join a 5 to 6 hour wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula.  The pensinusla is home to the world's only mainland breeding colony for southern royal albatross. Sea lions, fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins can also be found here.

 

Day 25: Dunedin – Home

Today you will make your way to Dunedin Airport where you will return your hire car.  You will then check in for your flights home. 

 

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A rare and endemic saddleback on Tiritiri Matangi

A rare and endemic saddleback on Tiritiri Matangi

Tuatara at Sanctuary Mountain

Tuatara at Sanctuary Mountain

A blue duck at Blue Duck Station

A blue duck at Blue Duck Station

A pair of takahes on Kapiti Island - once thought to be extinct

A pair of takahes on Kapiti Island - once thought to be extinct

North Island robin

North Island robin

Royal spoonbills

Royal spoonbills

Stewart Island brown kiwi

Stewart Island brown kiwi

A very rare mohua on Ulva Island

A very rare mohua on Ulva Island

White capped albatross, Taiaroa Head

White capped albatross, Taiaroa Head

Yellow eyed penguin

Yellow eyed penguin