Thousands of nature lovers grab flights’ tickets for New Zealand to take in the pleasure of looking at birds of different species. The kiwi land is a diversified nation with varied scenery, thus making for a stunning setting for the breeding of a number of colourful birds.
With its incredible biological diversity, thriving ecosystems and amazing climate, it is no wonder that New Zealand has emerged as one of the top holiday destinations for bird watching. Home to over hundreds of recorded bird species, including resident or migrant and endemic, birding holiday in New Zealand promises a perfect blend of adventure and spellbinding backdrop of impressive beauty. Moreover, these species make bird watching tours extremely satisfying for keen birders who grab tickets on flights for New Zealand to catch a glimpse of beautiful, rare and endangered birds. Tours to three main islands including North, South and Stewart Islands allow bird watchers of varying ages and levels countless hours of unmatched sightings. Read on to know more about the two most popular bird watching destinations and tours in New Zealand.
Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown
Situated in the heart of Queenstown, the Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wonderful wildlife sanctuary and a perfect place to make the most of your adventure holidays in New Zealand. The park is home to over 20 different species of native New Zealand wildlife and spreads to over 5 acres of land, making it convenient for the visitors to wander around. The most popular highlight of this wildlife park is kiwi viewing, which is organized in specially constructed nocturnal houses. These houses have all the required features to make kiwi watching an incredible experience for the visitors. Some other attractions of the park that catch the fancy of most vacationers are Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; duration – 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 4:30pm; duration – 15min). Entry tickets for the park may even be purchased online through its official website.
Pukaha Mt. Bruce Wildlife Centre
Bird lovers disembarking flights in New Zealand can hardly afford to miss including the Pukaha Mt. Bruce Wildlife Centre in their travel itineraries owing to the venue’s immense popularity. The centre has the only little white kiwi bird in captivity, along with many birds and wildlife species including takahe, tuatara and eels. Moreover, it is also the only site in NZ where you will see the hihi (stitchbird) in aviaries. The place is also home to the well renowned North Island Kaka (a native parrot), kakariki (a native parakeet) and whio (blue duck). To keep the visitors entertained for long, an audiovisual presentation is also organized here, which runs every 30 minutes. Also, there are interesting educational displays about New Zealand’s bird life. Short walks introducing the visitors to the forest giants – rimu, rata, kahikatea and tawa – are equally popular among wildlife lovers netting air tickets on flights for the Kiwi Land.