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New Zealand

10/11 – 30/11 2012


Kære Turinteresseret

Det er med stor glæde at DOF Travel kan tilbyde foreningens medlemmer endnu en tur til New Zealand, som bliver den tredje i rækken.

Vi har prøvet at lave et program som inkluderer de fleste lækkerier, som New Zealand kan tilbyde. Vi skal se de store spektakulære landskaber, de specielle landfugle, hvor mange er truet for udryddelse. Op til 25 arter havfugle og flere pingvinarter.

Som om al dette ikke var nok vil du også have mulighed for at forlænge den flybillet og på egen hånd se f.eks. Australien eller Singapore fugleområder.

Hurtig tilmelding tilrådes, da der kun er 10 pladser til rådighed. Har du spørgsmål om turen er du altid velkommen til at maile. God fornøjelse

Erik Mølgaard Rejseleder


Day 1 (11/11-2012)

Arrive from Copenhagen to Singapore.

Day 2 (12/11-2012)

Departure to Singapore and Continue to Auckland. We will arrive late in the afternoon and transfer to our hotel in Auckland.

Day 3 (13/11-2012)

Auckland to Trounson (4 hours driving). Pick-up at accommodation in Auckland. One of our first stops will be a forested area near to central Auckland where we will get an introduction to some of New Zealand’s forest species, such as tomtit (North Island subsp.), New Zealand pigeon, grey fantail, and grey gerygone (grey warbler). We will then head to a spot on the rugged west coast to one of New Zealand’s three mainland Australasian gannet colonies. Superb views and

photographic opportunities exist, and we will also look for other common coastal species such as pied cormorant, red-billed gull, and white-fronted tern. We will then head back across to the east coast via an area renowned as the stronghold of laughing kookaburra (introduced from Australia), to several wetland areas to look for New Zealand scaup, New Zealand grebe (dabchick), grey teal, Australasian shoveler, Pacific black duck (grey duck), Paradise shelduck, and other waterbirds. We will also spend time looking for buff-banded rail (banded rail) in likely mangrove habitat.

Continuing northwards we are heading for Trounson where we will check into our accommodation and rest up for our post-dinner walk to look for Northern brown kiwi. We will certainly hear, and hope to see Morepork as well.

Day 4 (14/11-2012)

Trounson to Warkworth (3 ½ hours driving). This morning we will head east to a small estuary which is one of the last places to see the critically endangered fairy tern (currently only about 40-50 birds), as well as other shorebirds, including New Zealand plover (NZ dotterel), variable

oystercatcher, black-winged stilt (pied stilt) and Arctic migrants such as bar-tailed godwit and red knot. Several estuarine areas further south may also be checked depending on time and whether we have been successful in finding fairy tern. Other areas close by can be checked for New Zealand pipit and Australasian little grebe, before heading south to our accommodation in Warkworth.


Day 5 (15/11-2012)

Warkworth, Hauraki Gulf Pelagic (1/2 hour driving). Today we will spend the day out on the water in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Leaving from Sandspit we will head out towards Little Barrier Island and chum at several locations nearby. The main focus of the day will be to locate the seabirds which are most easily seen in the northern part of New Zealand, such as the recently rediscovered New Zealand storm-petrel (which Sav and Brent rediscovered in January 2003), as well as black and Cook’s petrel, Buller’s, flesh-footed, fluttering and little shearwater, and white-faced storm-petrel. Eyes will not just be on the look-out for birds, as this area is also excellent marine mammal habitat, with both common and bottle-nosed dolphins, Bryde’s whales, and occasionally killer whales.

As the Hauraki Gulf is relatively enclosed, even in poor weather we should be able to get out and explore at least some of the area.

The night will be spent at the same accommodation in Warkworth.

Day 6 (16/11-2012)

Warkworth to Tiritiri Matangi Island (1 hour driving). Today we will head to one of New Zealand’s most incredible birding locations. Tiritiri Matangi Island is truly a gem in New Zealand’s

conservation crown. A short ferry ride out to the island should give us a chance to see fluttering shearwater, white-fronted tern, and possibly parasitic jaeger (Arctic skua). Upon arrival we will be met and given information about the island by Department of Conservation staff. Once farmed, the island is now an open sanctuary that has been extensively replanted, with some areas of original forest remaining. We will focus on seeing all of the endemics on the island, with North Island saddleback, kokako, stitchbird, takahe, brown teal, and red-crowned parakeet being present. Other more common forest birds such as whitehead, tui, bellbird, grey fantail, grey gerygone, and North Island robin will be seen, and we will also wait for spotless crake to appear at one of the small ponds. After dinner we will head out to look for morepork and hopefully little spotted kiwi. The night will be spent in accommodation on the island.

Day 7 (17/11-2012)

Tiritiri Matangi Island to Miranda (3 hours driving). Getting up early will allow us to hear the dawn chorus, and we will leave Tiritiri Matangi mid-morning, heading south to one of New Zealand’s premier shorebird sites, the world-renowned Miranda, in the Firth of Thames. The Firth of Thames is listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of International significance. We will check into our accommodation near to the Miranda Shorebird Centre, get information on the latest sightings and then head out to see what’s around for ourselves. We are likely to see wrybill, bar-tailed godwit, red knot, red-necked stint, ruddy turnstone, New Zealand plover, banded


dotterel (double-banded plover), variable and South Island pied oystercatcher, black-winged stilt, black-billed gull, and Caspian tern. During the summer months there are usually a few of the less common shorebirds that visit our shores, such as sharp-tailed, pectoral, marsh, or terek sandpiper, and we will be on the look-out for these and other vagrants. Shorebird watching in this area is largely dependent on the tides, so we will be working around the high tide, and may visit other nearby areas if time permits.

Day 8 (18/11-2012)

Miranda to Turangi (4 hours driving). Our main focus for the day is the Pureora Forest Park to the west of Lake Taupo. This extensive area of forest is one of the best places in the North Island to see New Zealand kaka (North Island subsp.), yellow-crowned parakeet, long-tailed koel (cuckoo), shining bronze-cuckoo, rifleman, and we will also encounter other more common forest species. We will also be on the look-out for New Zealand falcon which inhabits this area, and New Zealand pipit may be seen on the roads in the area.

We will then head South to the southern end of Lake Taupo to look for New Zealand grebe, common coot, and New Zealand scaup. Near our stop for the night, Turangi at the southern end of Lake Taupo, we will look for New Zealand fernbird and possibly Australasian bittern.

Day 9 (19/11-2012)

Turangi to Feilding (4 ½ hours driving). The focus for the day is searching for our most

extraordinary waterbird, the blue duck. Inhabiting swift-flowing mountain streams these birds have declined markedly, and there are really only a handful of locations they can be seen without


major hikes. We will visit several locations and spend time watching these remarkable birds. The spectacular backdrop of the three central North Island volcanoes, Mt Ruapehu, Ngaruhoe, and Tongariro should make for fantastic views if weather permits. Depending on how the day

progresses, there are also other areas we can stop at to catch up with some of the more common forest dwelling species, or birds like shining bronze-cuckoo, or the introduced eastern rosella. We will stay the night in Feilding (Sav’s home town).

Day 10 (20/11-2012)

Feilding to Picton (2 ½ hours driving). Depending on tide times we will call into the Manawatu Estuary, one of the best sites in New Zealand for shorebird watching. Shorebirds at this location are often extremely confiding, and we will see bar-tailed godwit, red knot, variable oystercatcher, and probably wrybill. Depending on the state of the tide, and what’s around at the time, other birds like Pacific golden plover, sharp-tailed or curlew sandpipers, ruddy turnstone, and red-necked stint may be present.

We will then head south along the scenic Kapiti Coast towards Wellington, making several stops on the way to see black-fronted dotterel and possibly brown teal and other waterfowl.

The Interisland ferry leaves from Wellington, heading across to the South Island via the Cook Strait. From the relatively stable platform of the ferry, this is an excellent piece of water to look for seabirds, with approximately half of the three hour trip spent in open water in the Cook Strait. Spotted shag, fairy prion, fluttering shearwater, and white-fronted tern, should be seen, and depending on weather conditions and prevailing winds Gibson’s (Wandering), white-capped, and Salvin’s albatross, northern giant-petrel, Westland petrel, and sooty shearwater are all possible. Common diving-petrel and little penguin are often seen near the entrance to the Marlborough Sounds, and the latter often in the calmer enclosed waters of the Sounds. Less common seabirds are often seen within this stretch of water, so it is well worth being on the lookout.

The ferry docks in Picton, and we have a very short drive to our accommodation on the shores of the Marlborough Sounds.

Day 11 (21/11-2012)

Picton to Kaikoura (3 hours driving). Today we head out onto the Marlborough Sounds, further exploring Queen Charlotte Sound. Our main target for the morning is the New Zealand king shag, a rare endemic with a population of only about 5-600 birds. We will also be looking for two endemic dolphin species, the endangered Hector’s dolphin, and the more common dusky dolphin, as well as little penguin, fluttering shearwater, spotted shag, and Australasian gannet. New Zealand fur seals are also present.

We will make a stop at a small island sanctuary which has South Island saddleback, South Island robin, and other common forest species such as New Zealand pigeon and bellbird.


Back in Picton we will then head south towards Kaikoura, stopping along the way at a coastal area to search for shorebirds. There are generally ruddy turnstones, red-necked stint, banded dotterel, black-winged stilt, black-billed gulls, and sometimes other vagrant shorebirds. A brief stop on the scenic coast just before Kaikoura will allow excellent views of New Zealand fur seals and spotted shags, and enable us to ‘forecast’ sea conditions for the following days’ pelagic trip. If time allows we will check the surrounding areas for the introduced cirl bunting.

We will spend the night in the once sleepy, but now bustling town of Kaikoura.

Day 12 (22/11-2012)

Kaikoura, Oceanwings pelagic, afternoon at leisure. Today will be spent doing one of the best pelagic trips you are ever likely to encounter anywhere in the World. Due to the depth of the Kaikoura canyon just offshore, we are able to be in water 4,000 m deep within half an hour. This allows us to really get amongst the seabirds, and although the species list varies throughout the year, in any season one can expect to have at least 3 species of albatross around the boat, normally as close as 5-6 feet away, including northern and southern royal, Gibson’s (Wandering), Antipodean (Wandering), black-browed, Campbell, white-capped, and Salvin’s albatross. On top of this add Cape petrel (pigeon), Westland and white-chinned petrels, northern giant-petrel, and the endemic Hutton’s shearwater, which breeds in the spectacular mountains behind Kaikoura, plus the potential for other species like grey-faced petrel, southern giant-petrel, sooty, short-tailed, flesh-footed or Buller’s shearwater, and you have the makings of a truly memorable morning. The area is also renowned for sperm whales and dusky and Hector’s dolphins, and we may see these along the way.

The afternoon will be at your leisure, with time for a range of options such as doing another afternoon pelagic, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Any activities during the afternoon will be at your own expense.

We will stay at the same accommodation as the night before in Kaikoura.

Day 13 (23/11-2012)

Kaikoura to Punakaiki (6 hours driving). Today we will head across the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast, making several stops along the way, and passing through some exceptionally scenic alpine areas. Our target bird for the day will be kea, which we should be able to find near Arthur’s Pass. On the way we pass several rivers that are breeding sites for black-fronted tern, and we will try and locate what is almost certainly one of the most beautiful terns. We should also catch up with some of the South Islands’ forest species, such as New Zealand brown creeper, and once on the West Coast should find the flightless weka.

Our accommodation is on the outskirts of Franz Josef township, and after dinner we will head out to look for morepork and try our luck at finding Okarito brown kiwi, the rarest of the three brown kiwi species, with an estimated 250 birds remaining.


Day 14 (24/11-2012)

Franz Josef to Wanaka (4 ½ hours driving). Depending on how late we were out the previous night, we will head south towards the township of Haast, stopping at one or two places on the way. During October-November, Fiordland crested-penguins breed at sites along this coast, and we should be able to see them. From Haast we head inland through some spectacular mountain scenery, with our focus being a visit to Haast Pass. This site is home to a number of forest species, and including the endangered yellowhead. The site is also good for New Zealand kaka (South Island subsp.), yellow-crowned parakeet, rifleman, tomtit (South Island subsp.), New Zealand brown creeper, and long-tailed koel (cuckoo). We will stay as long as we can in this area, making the most of our time in this amazing forest.

We will then drive through to the beautiful lake-side town of Wanaka, just over an hour away, to our accommodation.

Day 15 (25/11-2012)

Wanaka to Te Anau (6 ½ hours driving). Today will involve quite a bit of driving, but we will be passing through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery, visiting Milford Sound in the afternoon – very few travellers to New Zealand have not heard of this place, and for good reason. As we head through to Milford we will pass through likely areas for kea, yellow-crowned parakeet, rifleman, South Island robin, tomtit, and long-tailed koel (cuckoo). We will make specific stops in alpine habitat for rock wren (South Island wren), one of the World’s most primitive birds, and related to the more common rifleman. The days stops will largely be dictated by weather and success with rock wren, which is not possible anywhere else along the way, but the day will be one to remember spent in stunning scenery.


We will spend the night at accommodation in Te Anau.

Day 16 (26/11-2012)

Te Anau to Stewart Island (3 hours driving). Our main aim for the day is to catch the afternoon ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island. Along the way we may have time to visit a wetland area, or spend some time at several coastal areas where we might search for shorebirds and terns. Depending on the sea and weather conditions the one-hour ferry crossing can be excellent for seabirds, with albatross (northern royal, white-capped, and Salvin’s), giant-petrel, mottled petrel, Cape petrel (pigeon), common diving-petrel, fairy and broad-billed prion, sooty shearwater, and brown skua all possible. We will also see Stewart Island shag, either as we leave Bluff or on arriving at Stewart Island. Once we have arrived in Oban we will have dinner, after which we will be met by a local operator who will take us out in search of Southern brown kiwi, an unforgettable experience.

Day 17 (27/11-2012)

Stewart Island. We should be able to see New Zealand kaka (South Island subsp.), New Zealand pigeon, and tui around the township of Oban before breakfast. The morning will be spent on Ulva Island, another predator free sanctuary, but home to some of the South Island specialties we may still need. Yellowhead, South Island saddleback, and some of the more common forest species such as brown creeper, red- and yellow-crowned parakeet, kaka and rifleman can all be found here. Arounf lunchtime we will be picked up from Ulva for a half-day pelagic. With such a close proximity to the Southern Ocean, and large seabird colonies being on many of the surrounding islands we may be able to find an excellent array of seabirds. In particular target birds for the day are Fiordland crested penguin, yellow-eyed penguin, northern and southern royal albatross, white-capped and Salvin’s albatross, both northern and southern giant-petrel, mottled and Cook’s petrel, broad-billed and fairy prion, and common diving-petrel. Other more common species we will almost certainly see are Cape petrel (pigeon), sooty shearwater, spotted and Stewart Island shags, brown skua, white-fronted tern, and red-billed gull. Almost any vagrant Southern Ocean seabirds are possible, and we will be keeping our eyes peeled for storm-petrels, and other albatross and petrel species.

Depending on our success with Southern brown kiwi the previous night, and the possibility of cancellation due to weather, we may head out again after dark as a back-up. Our accommodation will be the same as last night.

Day 18 (28/11-2012)

Stewart Island to Oamaru (4 ½ hours driving). We will leave fantastic Stewart Island on the morning ferry, hoping to catch up with a few more seabirds as we head to Bluff. We will then head northwards towards Oamaru, taking in the very scenic Catlins Coast. This coastal section is renowned for its scenic views and rough weather beaten coastline. During a stop at one of the


beaches along the way we will search for Hooker’s sealion (a New Zealand endemic) which are often found on this section of coastline. We can also stop off at several other places on route to admire the scenery and look for forest birds. Our goal is to arrive at Oamaru in the late afternoon and head to a beach where we can watch yellow-eyed penguins coming ashore. Depending on the weather and prevailing winds, seabirds may also be passing along the coast, with species such as giant-petrels and Stewart Island shag being possible.

Our accommodation for the night is in Oamaru.

Day 19 (29/11-2012)

Oamaru to Omarama (3 hours driving). We again head inland, this time into one of the driest parts of the South Island – the arid MacKenzie basin. With stunning glacial till-coloured lakes, mountains, and red tussocks, the scenery and birds will be amazing. The focus of the day is the worlds’ rarest shorebird, the black stilt. With a population of around 200 wild birds, they are a species which has a considerable conservation effort invested in them. Depending on our luck, we may find them easily at our first stop, or they may make us work for it. Along the way we will be keeping eyes peeled for New Zealand falcon, which is regularly found in this area, as well as stops for other waterbirds, including great crested grebe, common coot, and the ever difficult Baillon’s crake (marsh crake). On a clear day we should have views of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook (Aorangi).

We will spend the night at accommodation in Omarama.

Day 20 (30/11-2012)

Oamarama to Christchurch (3 hours driving). Heading northwards towards Christchurch we will head through a lot of agricultural country before hitting the coast and crossing a large number of braided rivers that flow from the majestic Southern Alps to the sea. Many of these rivers are good breeding sites for wrybill and black-fronted terns, and we may makes stops here or at several coastal lagoons, before arriving in Christchurch. Of course if our luck was really down the day before, we will have time to again search for black stilt or anything else we missed.

We will end the tour in Christchurch around early afternoon, where transfers to the airport and catch a late afternoon flight to Auckland and continue to Singapore.

Day 21 (1/12-2012)



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The hand guide to the Birds of New Zealand skrevet af Robertson and Heather. Almindelig guide:

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Turens pris

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Erik Mølgaard; Ekströms Väg 27g, 218 45 Vintrie, Sverige, tlf.: 00 46 40 46 71 61, E-mail:

Erik er en af vores mest erfarne rejseledere med mere end 30 ture på bagen! Han har blandt andet ledet den første DOF Travel rejse til Australien i 1988 og besøgt landet en gang tidligere. Endvidere har han været på Papua New Guinea. Eriks største lidenskab er dog Sydamerika, hvor han har været mere en 20 gange, de fleste som DOF Travel leder.





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