What's so special about New Zealand?
Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand meaning the land of the long white cloud, is a 2,000-kilometer-long chain of islands set in the vastness of the Great Southern and Pacific Oceans is one of the world's unique birding destinations.
From the elusive flightless bird the Kiwi, that New Zealanders take as their own identity symbol, to some of the rarest endangered species and world renowned bird recovery programs, a New Zealand birding holiday is played out against a 100% pure backdrop of breathtaking beauty. To see most, if not all New Zealand’s endemics it is necessary to travel through much of the main three islands (North, South and Stewart Islands). En route you’re visiting a variety of landscapes: estuaries, beaches, rocky headlands, wetlands, rivers, lakes, forests, mountains and offshore sanctuary islands close to the mainland. Key birding locations are sometimes a day’s journey apart.
The New Zealand Birding Network is a group of operators located throughout New Zealand offering bird-watching orientated tours, excursions and accommodation. In addition to unique birds and fantastic scenery, New Zealand has a well-developed infrastructure, visitor facilities are up-to-date. It is a safe and easy place to travel with friendly people who welcome visitors and love showing-off their country.
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