Aotearoa New Zealand Birding Tours

Aotearoa New Zealand Birding Tours

Birds are our specialty! Join us on a spectacular birding adventure, including all the “must-see” species: Rifleman, Saddleback, Rock wren, Kōkako, Kiwi and many more.

New Zealand is home to forty-five endemic birds, some of which, such as Saddleback, Kōkako and Stitchbird are among the most endangered birds on Earth. Our bird watching tours visit a diverse range of habitats and have an emphasis on the unusual endemic birds of the region. It is richly endowed with seabirds and visits to several coastal sites allow you to experience the incredible variety of marine birds and mammals on isolated islands.

Our New Zealand birding tours will take you to places of great scenic beauty on both the North and South Islands—from stunning Milford Sound to the deepwater upwellings off the Kaikoura coast and the rugged, remote Stewart Island.

Each of our tours is designed especially for the interests of each group, be it a society, university or private group. We will ensure the maximum number of species are viewed and enjoyed while providing an understanding of New Zealand’s avifauna and natural heritage.

Our guides are experienced birders and passionate about sharing their interest and knowledge. 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.

Highlights can include:

  • Kiwi spotting on Stewart Island
  • Albatross up close in Kaikoura
  • The haunting call of Kōkako
  • Tiny Rock Wren in the mountains
  • Takahe on Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Penguin spotting

Self-drive or Private Birdwatching Trips

Want to “do it alone” or wanting to spot a particular bird or range of species?

If you enjoy birding at your own pace or if you have a “must-see”, we can provide expert local advice and guidance where required.

Let us help you design your New Zealand birding itinerary to ensure you target exactly what you want to see and do. We can ensure you get to the right places at the right time to maximize your birding success.

We offer a range of services from fully guided private trips, partially guided or self-drive itineraries, all booked to your specifications.


"I have loved our time here and you have made it very special - what a fun way to see New Zealand."