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South Island - Wildlife

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Greymouth Greymouth Invercargill
Milford Sound Milford Sound Westport
Franz Josef Franz Josef Kaikoura Kaikoura Timaru
Oamaru Oamaru Stewart Island (Oban)
Stewart Island (Oban)
  • Christchurch

    Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. We offer a range of exciting encounters on a daily basis. The Park is located within ten minutes drive of Christchurch International Airport. There is also a transport service with the Orana Wildlife Park Shuttle more...
    Enjoy the tranquility of rural New Zealand just 20 minutes from Central Christchurch. Come and visit New Zealand's largest herd of llamas, hand feed our friendly youngsters, tackle the obstacle course with a llama on tow, or just bring a picnic along and sit and enjoy the fun more...
    Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch is one of the top New Zealand visitor attractions where you will experience New Zealand wildlife first hand and learn about the diversity of this country's natural environment and history more...
  • Dunedin, Waitati


    Discover Kororā, the Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest penguin, in their natural habitat - scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach, Dunedin. more...
    Hop on an 8 wheel drive all terrain vehicle and experience an exhilarating cross country ride more...
    Penguin Place is a private conservation reserve dedicated in helping this endangered species survive. The project is entirely funded by the guided tours. This funding provides habitat restoration, predator control, a research programme and on-site rehabilitation care, for the sick, starving and wounded more...
    The Royal Albatross Centre provides wildlife and cultural tours of Taiaroa Head where you can visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross, the historic Fort Taiaroa and see the Little Blue Penguin colony at Pilots Beach more...


    Come and see some of New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and plants in the most protected forest in the South Island more...
  • Akaroa

    Home of the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world, the Hector’s Dolphin, an eco-tourism cruise out on Akaroa Harbour is the perfect way to view these amazing creatures, along with fascinating bird life and other curious and entertaining sea mammals in their natural habitat more...
    Akaroa's only eco-tourism certified dolphin swimming operator. Listed as Lonely Planets 'Top 10 Marine mammal experiences in the world' your Hector's dolphin adventure awaits... more...
    Spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife make Banks Peninsula and Akaroa world famous. Hectors dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, Albatross & more are all on display during your cruise more...
    Tour the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures more...
  • Oamaru

    See the world's smallest penguins, in their natural environment more...
  • Picton

    ”Meet the Locals” at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium - Touch a Living Fossil (Tuatara). Get Up Close to a Penguin. Have fun discovering amazing animals that live in New Zealand, “the youngest land in the world” more...
  • Kaikoura

    Air Kaikoura was the first to offer Whale Watching flights and for the last 25 years has been providing amazing whale experiences, scenic flights, pilot-a-plane trips and pilot training more...
    Albatross Encounter brings you up close to a diverse array of seabirds including albatross, petrels, shearwaters, shags, terns and gulls. more...
    At Dolphin Encounter you get the opportunity to swim with, or watch, the dusky dolphins in their natural environment off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand more...
    We cater for those with a love of flying, those who are pushed for time and those who simply wish to whale-watch in a truly unforgettable manner more...
    Take a walk in some of Kaikoura's beautiful countryside, with a friendly llama by your side to carry your coat and packed lunch more...
    We hope to bring a sense of cohesiveness between all of the recreational and commercial marine activities around Kaikoura, and involve the community in protecting their environment by first learning more about it more...
    Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, truly is a unique experience. It's one of those simple nature experiences that opens your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants more...
    Whale Watch® Kaikoura is New Zealand’s ultimate all year round nature experience offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with The Giant Sperm Whale more...
    While you are in New Zealand head for Kaikoura and go whale watching....by aeroplane! It's the best way to view whales and mountains while in New Zealand more...
  • Franz Josef, Okarito

    Franz Josef

    The West Coast Wildlife Centre is a unique and interactive experience that brings together nature, conservation and wildlife all under one roof! Our all-weather attraction is fun for all ages to explore and takes place against the stunning backdrop of the Franz Josef Glacier more...


    Okarito Kiwi Tours is an owner operated company. We aim to take small groups deep into Kiwi habitat. You could become one of the lucky few to have seen a kiwi in the wild more...
  • Oban

    Phillip Smith has been operating Kiwi Spotting tours on Stewart Island for over 20 years. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi more...
  • Kaka Point

    The Nugget View/Kaka Point twilight tours encompass Kaka Point and Nugget Point and include a visit to the penguin colony at Roaring Bay and the Nugget Point Lighthouse more...
  • Punakaiki

    Sunrise and Sunset Tours... our guided tours to the Westland Petrel colony provides a unique wildlife experience and insights into the environmental and conservation issues that all petrel species around the world face more...


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Southern Regions

Canterbury (North) Canterbury (North)
Canterbury (South) Canterbury (South)
Central Otago Central Otago
Coastal Otago Coastal Otago
Fiordland Fiordland
Marlborough Marlborough
Nelson + Tasman Nelson + Tasman
Queenstown Lakes Queenstown Lakes
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Wanaka Wanaka
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