"Gotta see the wildlife!" New Zealand Things to Do Tip by Kate-Me

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  seals at Kaikoura
by Kate-Me

As in Australia, wildlife viewing is an absolute MUST see in New Zealand, with its vast mountainous and forest areas.

Be prepared though, if you are used to Australian animals and birds like I am, that they aren't as bold here, many are actually quite shy, and birds on the whole are less brightly coloured, so much harder to see, even if they do approach you closely, which rarely happened to me at all, or a couple of Swiss hikers who'd had the same problem.
So, be prepared to search a bit harder for the wildlife, but there are great places where you can see many different types of wildlife together, especially in the South Island like Kaikoura and Akaroa, just to name two that I've visited.

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  • Written Feb 26, 2004
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