Birding Bonanza - the ultimate birding experience (full day*)
This package is the ultimate birding & nature experience on Stewart Island! The Birding Bonanza comprises a half day guided walk on Ulva Island to see endemic and native land birds, a half day pelagic to view stunning seabirds and our beautiful coastlines, and an evening tour to see Stewart Island Brown Kiwi in the wild.
*A TWO NIGHT stay on Stewart Island is advisable. While it is possible to do the three Birding Bonanza activities in one day, it makes for a very long day and late night.
EVENING BEFORE OR AFTER DAY TOUR (see below)
This tour departs in the evening to see one of the largest kiwi species - the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi - in its wild environment. Our local Stewart Island guides have a wealth of experience in this field and look forward to sharing it with you.
Please note: if weather conditions are unsuitable or minimum numbers are not met, your kiwi spotting trip will be transferred to TUESDAY night.
The morning depart GOLDEN BAY WHARF to Ulva Island.
Join our bird watching guide for an amazing insight into the natural history, stunning bird and plant life on Ulva Island, the southern-most bird sanctuary in the world. Birds to watch out for are the Stewart Island Weka, South Island Saddleback, Tomtit, Rifleman, Stewart Island Robin, Brown Creeper, Tui, Kaka, Fantail, NZ Pigeon, Parakeet (yellow and red-crowned), Bellbird and Yellowhead.
Tuesday lunchtime, depart Ulva Island with our bird watching guide for an afternoon smorgasbord of seabirds! Our pelagic trip heads out past the scenic Stewart Island shores to deeper ocean and enjoy encounters with at least five species of albatross, not to mention penguins, shearwaters, petrels, terns and many more.
Prior booking essential.
What to bring:
Outdoor activities take place in a dynamic, natural environment that can be challenging as well as rewarding - please be prepared. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.
All trips are weather dependent and subject to minimum numbers.
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Note: 72hrs prior notice is essential.
No hidden costs. Terms & conditions and cancellation policy are available on our booking information page.
Things you need to know:
We cater for private groups and/or individual exclusive charters. Please contact us for more information.