Our botanical tour offers you the chance to visit some of New Zealand’s most spectacular habitats.
Our guides will take you to areas that are normally difficult to get to, where the mountains are magnificent, but you will also enjoy exploring beech forests, coastline and beautiful lakes. There is even the opportunity to take to the ocean to see sperm whales and albatrosses.
The native flora of New Zealand is rich and unique, having evolved in isolation for millions of years. No fewer than 80% of New Zealand’s native plants and trees are endemic. Although few have showy flowers, the variety of foliage colour, texture and shape is remarkable.
Highlights can include
- 93% of New Zealand’s alpine plants are found nowhere else in the world
- Primeval rain forest dominated by ancient podocarps and tree ferns at Pureora
- Mount Arthur spectacular alpine flora
- Blackbirch, Mt Hutt scree plants
- Mount Cook National Park and its spectacular Hooker Valley
- Gertrude Cirque, which has arguably one of the finest accessible communities of alpine plants in the Southern Hemisphere
- You will be delighted by species of Ranunculus, Celmisia, Aciphylla, Raoulia, Donatia, Ourisia, Swainsona and many more
Our guides are botanists and naturalists who are passionate about New Zealand’s flora and have a lifetime of experience and knowledge about its ecology. We can provide transport throughout, all necessary permits and charters, accommodation and meals as requested, species lists and a detailed background ecology booklet relating to areas visited and species viewed.
We also run botanical tours in Tasmania, Western Australia and New Caledonia.
Upcoming botanical tours departures
- 10-28 January 2020 – optional trip extension to 2 February
- 12-24 January 2020 – New Zealand botanical gardens
- 5-18 September 2019
- 23 September to 10 October 2019
- 12-26 August 2019
Please contact us for more information and additional departure dates.