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Kiwi Wildlife Tours


Free & Independent Travel for New Zealand.
Self drive packages for Birdwatching and NZ's Wildlife.


Whakarewarewa thermal area,
(photo Dean Schuler)

Fishing, Tongariro Lodge
Trout fishing (photo Tongariro Lodge)

Falcon, Mt Cook (photo Adam Scott Kennedy)

South Island Red Pied Oystercatcher
(photo - Dean Schuler)

Azaleas, Rotorua (photo Dean Schuler)

Rock Wren (photo Adam Scott Kennedy)

We've set up our FIT service to help visitors who want to explore New Zealand themselves. We appreciate that guided touring does not suit everyone and New Zealand is a relatively easy country to travel through on your own.

We are New Zealanders and know our country, its birds, wildlife and landscapes intimately. You can either choose one of our set routes and itineraries, or we can tailor one especially to take account of your interests and tastes. Knowing any additional special interests such as hiking, fishing, wine and gardens will help us develop your itinerary with you.

You don't have to be completely on your own. If you want to ease yourselves into your New Zealand holiday you can mix some guided birding with us before heading out on your own. This can be done as day excursions from here, an Auckland base, or as overnight trips of two, three or four days in the North Island.

Our FIT bookings service covers:

  • Accommodation - all standards and classes (from the finest hotels to motels to farm/vineyard stays to B&Bs and coastal cottages)
  • Flights, ferries & water taxis
  • Excursions around the country with specialist operators around NZ - seabird pelagics, whale watching, dolphin watching & swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, river trips (jet boats and rafts & kayaks), ski-plane and helicopter flights, angling (rivers) and sea-fishing. You name it we can set it up for you!
  • Rental cars
  • Camper vans

What can you expect from us?
Here's what your travel pack will contain:

  • Day to day itinerary
  • Summary of all arrangements/reservations made on your behalf with costs
  • Vouchers for all bookings
  • Brochures/pamphlets for some of the places you'll visit (also accommodation and excursions)
  • A map pack for all birding and wildlife sites on your itinerary

In addition we can provide:

  • NZ road maps - KIWI Pathfinder series: NZ-wide; North & South Islands (incl Stewart Island); Northern & Central North Island; Central and Southern North Island; Northern & Central South Island; Central and Southern South Island (incl Stewart Island). These are NZ$7 each plus postage.
  • Handguide to the Birds of New Zealand (Heather & Robertson). The cost is NZ$35 plus postage.

Please note: we do not provide an international flight reservation service and travel insurance (these are best arranged from country of origin)

Our step-by step process

  • We respond to your inquiry - thank you.
  • We always like know a bit about your background and interests so we can tailor an itinerary to suit. We also need to know your time frame (with arrival and departure dates if you have made them) and the standard of accommodation you're looking for
  • We develop a draft itinerary that you can check
  • Once you like the sound of that, we'll prepare a fully itemised costing (quotation) and send this to you for comment or approval.
  • Once we receive your OK we'll go ahead make the bookings on your behalf. We may already have checked availability for some key providers at an earlier stage.
  • When we have everything in place we'll confirm the arrangements; any problems with availability we'll contact you
  • Your travel pack can be sent to you or be available on arrival in New Zealand
  • Other items that you have ordered through us, maps and field guides can be sent to you, or be waiting for you on arrival
  • We will go through your travel pack when we meet you at the start of your trip.

For more details please contact us

Straw Lodge, Blenheim                     Nugget Point (photo Dean Schuler)

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New Zealand Bird Books
The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand; Hugh Robertson & Barrie Heather; published by Penguin Books NZ

We have copies of this comprehensive and easy-to-use New Zealand guide and other bird books available for sale, please contact us:


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