You will see a land of varied ecological features, including wild species, copses, glacier (including soaring Alps) and lake lands, forests, and coastlines. New Zealand Nature Tour encompasses every aspect of this ecoregion.
The larger of the two key islands belonging to New Zealand, South Island from sea to land is home to dolphins, whales, seals, kiwi birds, and penguins.
You can spot wildlife during nature walks and hiking through national parks, forests, and along seashores. Fiordland is a dramatic and scenic treasure of New Zealand. The Fiordland can also be explored from the air or on/under the water; to really appreciate the sites here, it is advisable to take an aerial tour in addition to diving and boating expeditions. Some features to see while flying over the fjords include, Fiordland National Park, picturesque glaciated valleys and peaks. Take a peek at Fiordland in the film Ata Whenua. Cruising the fjords of Milford Sound is a stimulating experience, and is included in the New Zealand Nature Tour package. We can help you arranged for flightseeing the Fiordland’s outstanding mountains, fjords, and waterfalls.
New Zealand Nature Tour also takes you to the country’s third largest island, Stewart Island. It is sited 30 kilometers south off of the South Island. This island is so natural and wild that nearly 90 percent of it consists of national park. It is a favorite place for hikers and bird watchers. Here, brown kiwi birds are greater in numbers than the human’s residents. Other types of birds on Stewart Island include blue penguins and the uncommon yellow-eyed penguins.
Staying on the wild and isolated Stewart Island is a part of the New Zealand Nature Tour. You will vacation in eco lodges and be up and close with nature at all times.
Straddling River Avon, Christchurch is South Island’s largest city. It has nature parks, gardens, and a vibrant town. Additionally, Christchurch Botanic Gardens have multiple conservatories including the Garrick House, the Cuningham House, the Fern House, the Foweraker House, and the Gilpin House.
A village renowned for its natural hot springs and forest woodlands, Hanmer Springs is just 90 minutes' drive from Christchurch. The forest has a variety of plant species; the oldest section of the forest is home to plants that are 100+ year old.
A scenic lakescape with limestone rock formations that reflect into the water, Lake Pearson, Castle Hill Basin, is a mere 20 minutes' drive from Arthur's Pass.
Sited in the center of Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, Arthur’s Pass National Park depict distinctive landscapes, ranging from pebble-stream and interlaced rivers to tracks of woodlands and dense rainforests to deep gorges and towering mountains. These features embody notable attractions of the South Island.
Lake Moeraki and its surrounding site comprise an unspoiled landscape of rainforests, beaches, lakes and rivers. Sited in the midst of South West World Heritage Area, Te Wahipounamu, Lake Moeraki will satisfied nature devotees and enthusiasts.
Towering 3,027m, Mt Aspiring has glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, and flora and fauna. This massif suits everyone from mountaineers to moderate walkers. Just seeing Mt Aspiring National Park, a part of a World Heritage Area, is sure to appease anyone who visit.
Straddling Lake Wanaka is a landscape that depicts scenic natural beauty of contrasts, which range from arid topography to rainforests. Haast Pass was traditionally a gateway for the Maoris (indigenous people) during their voyages west in search of jade and other ornaments. The bowls fed by Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka were sculpted by the Hawea and Wanaka Glaciers.
Sited just 45-minute drive west of Queenstown, Glenorchy is embraced by snow-covered Alps, glistering lakes, rivers, ancient forests, nature parks, and reserves. Glenorchy is the site of numerous photography and film productions including Lord of the Rings.
Fiordland embraces Manapouri, creating a scenic lake environment. It sits at the edge of Fiordland National Park and is an ideal entry point into the wilderness of Doubtful Sound, and is the second biggest fiord in Fiordland National Park. The area is home to wildlife including bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and the Fiordland Crested Penguin.
Dubbed the "Gateway to Fiordland", Te Anau a picturesque town. It sits at the edge of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island and the second largest in all of New Zealand.
Milford Sound is grand, an area of magnetism that was sculpted by glaciers during the ice ages. With peaks that emerge from the lake’s floor and tower over the waterscape. Milford Sound is so spectacular; it is ranked among the most naturally beautiful landscapes favored by photographers. Mitre Peak, in particular, appeals to many renowned nature photographers.
In the book "Mountains of Water - The Story of Fiordland National Park", the writer referred to Fiordland National Park as "A cherished corner of the world where mountains and valleys compete with each other for room, where scale is almost beyond comprehension, rainfall is measured in metres and scenery encompasses the broadest width of emotions."
The park is also a wildlife preserve and comprises 1.2 million hectares. It has mountain, lake, fiord, and rainforest features….a diversified array of flora strive here. Some species is unique to the park, including the flightless Takahe and Kakapo. In order to preserve this place human activity is limited.
A notable birding and hiking area, Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third largest island and boasts bays, inlets, beaches, and forests. It is home to native and endangered species such as the kiwi – this bird number 50 to 1 people on the island. Blue penguins and yellow-eyed penguins are among the bird species here. Eighty-five percent of Stewart Island comprises national park with numerous trails; including Rakiura Track that remains unchanged for centuries.
Just offshore Stewart Island is Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve. It has rare wildlife and plant species that have gone extinct in other places. Kiwi, saddleback, and yellowhead bird strive on the island but their population struggles elsewhere.
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