What you need to know before you book
New Zealand |
We travel by comfortable mini coach on each tour. In addition
there are various boat excursions ranging from short trips
to an overnight trip on Milford Sound. There is also one flight
included in the tour itself, between the North and South Islands.
Our mini-bus tows a luggage trailer with ample room for luggage,
scopes etc. but we ask you to limit yourself to 20kg per person.
Food and Accommodation
All accommodation and meals are included in the price (see
tour itineraries for details). We have found the best accommodation
possible including luxurious forest lodges, boutique hotels
and motels. We also stay on board a small ship and on an island.
Evening meals are either at our accommodation or a local restaurant
and range from international cuisine to kiwi style BBQ's.
Lunches are usually alfresco to make the most of our time
in the field, and include hot tea and coffee. We also include
morning or afternoon tea, depending on the itinerary. Again
in the field.
Hiking and Fitness
You need to be fairly mobile, but not necessarily young. Johnny
is 80 but is very fit and agile. We don't do any overnight
hiking, but most days include several, short bush or coastal
walks. Luckily you don't need to trek for hours to see most
of our birds!
What to Bring
New Zealand is a predominately a temperate country but extends
from subtropical Northland to the subantarctic islands of
the south. It is essentially an archipelago of some 600 islands
and 3 main islands. We are never far from the coast but we
also have high mountains so this also affects our temperature
and climate. Wind chill and temperature decrease as you ascend
in altitude are major factors in New Zealand to take into
You need to be prepared for all possibilities even in the
middle of summer (December-February). During the spring our
weather is even more unpredictable and we are often on boats
or out at night so warm clothes are necessary.
For efficiency it is best to think in terms of layers of
clothing. When you are walking you will start to warm up and
need to take off a layer of clothes to reduce perspiration.
The list we have provide is a guide only. If you have any
questions or aren't sure then please ask us.
If you are on a trip staying overnight on an island it helps
to have an additional small soft bag or carry-on, in which
you can pack a few things just for that trip. For example,
on Stewart Island we are there for two nights staying in the
GEAR LIST FOR NEW ZEALAND (essentials marked in bold)
- Spotting scope
- Bathroom things
- Sun glasses
- Insect repellent
- Strong walking shoes or light boots
- Hiking pole (recommended)
- Thermal hat and gloves
- Long pants for hiking (2 pairs)
- Shorts for hiking (2 pairs)
- Wet weather gear, i.e. raincoat and over-trousers.
Please make sure this is a good waterproof rain jacket,
nylon isn't sufficient. The best coats are made from Goretex
as it allows breathing while maintaining a waterproof exterior.
- T-shirts (2)
- Long sleeved cotton shirt for sun protection and protection
- Good clothes (casual for eveningwear)
- Thermal undergarment (but very useful for night trips)
- Thermal jumper or jacket
- Laundry powder
(Note there will be opportunities to have clothes washed
or to use washing machines en route, but not every day)
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