May 2010

The endless Kiwi Summer

Our summer season was  still in full swing through to mid May and we’re having wonderful dry sunny days and as the light gets lower on the horizon our photographic opportunities are enhanced. Like our African safari avoiding the peak seasons is incredibly rewarding.

There have been so many highlights that we have been constantly updating ‘ Nigel’s Diary ’ to keep you posted on what we’re up to. Some of my personal highlights were:

  • Kaka displaying above the Mountain Neinei trees on Mount Arthur
  • Spectacular sunsets through Nikau Palms in Punakaiki
  • 3000 gannets and young and my first migrating Whimbrels on Farewell spit
  • Kayaking in Luxuriant coastal forest of Paparoa National Park
  • Endless wonderful lodges and fine wining and dining!



We’re putting all the greatest NZ wildlife and wilderness areas together and offering 4 of the best activities FREE to all new bookings made by 31st August, 2010. All you have to do is book a minimum of 10 days fully guided or self drive holiday with us and we’ll throw in:

  • Whale Watching in Kaikoura
  • Swimming with Dolphins in Kaikoura
  • Full day Ulva Island Forest and Bird tour with Furhana
  • Farewell Spit eco tour and gannet colony

That’s a saving of $610

Have a look at the itinerary for a sample of a classic wildlife and wilderness tour and book now !

some thoughts from our clients

We’ve also had so many wonderful letters from our guests that we thought we should have a guest blog which puts all these fascinating NZ safaris in your words!

James and Ann Morton safari impressions from February:

We want to thank you so much for making our holiday such a memorable experience for us; it was way beyond our expectations.

We had a great time in the North Island on our own in our camper van and saw some fabulous sites.  However our time in the South Island far exceeded that thanks to your wonderful organisation.

The architecture of Awaroa Lodge was incredible and we had a lovely evening there.  The next morning we had a lovely time on the beach.

The next three days in Golden Bay with you were amazing with so many wonderful memories - Summer Spring Lodge was delightful.  We shall never forget our visit to Wairakei Beach with no wind or the sunset on Farewell Spit.   Our dinner at the Mussel Inn was certainly an unforgettable experience.  

Yvonne & Scott could not have been more welcoming it was such a privilege to stay with a family and really get to know about New Zealand life.   Our two days in Kaikoura were amazing.  The Albatross watching was amazing, but for James the highlight of the holiday was swimming with the dolphins. What a privilege to swim with 200 wild animals in their own environment!

We thought Christchurch is a delightful city and very English, enjoyed our time there. Rough & Tumble Lodge was another unforgettable experience.   

Queenstown was a vibrant town and we enjoyed the dining out.  The Dairy was a superb venue.  We thoroughly enjoyed the Dart River boat trip.

Our days on Stewart Island were great, Furhana was a brilliant guide and we saw so much more because of her enthusiasm and skill.

The evening's kiwi watching was the culmination of a fabulous holiday; we were so thrilled to see the kiwi in their natural environment.  Thank you again for contributing so much to our wonderful holiday, James and Ann.

4 x 4 excitement

Our latest Land Rover Discovery has been busy throughout the season and has been enjoyed by all. Our Land Rovers, with the highly efficient TD5 engines, are outfitted with a fully stocked fridge/freezer, picnic hamper, first aid kit, guide books and maps to make the perfect New Zealand Safari vehicle. A 4 wheel Drive really does give you so much more flexibility to get off the beaten track and there is nothing better than a cold drink from the fridge and a picnic in the middle of nowhere!

We had the privilege of leading a Land Rover tour around the wilderness of Golden Bay in March.  8 mighty Range Rovers, Discoveries and a couple of Defenders with the ever useful winches. It was a tour of great variety including some very hardcore 4 wheel driving to the Devil’s Goldfields, vast stretches of west coast beach driving, walking in Rata forests, Glass blowing demonstrations, art galleries and an exceptional spit roast at the Naked Possum!

Lodge update

We continue adding stunning lodges to our portfolio of NPNZ preferred accommodation and we very excited about our find locally. Ruby Bay Lodge and Vineyard is a privately-owned and managed coastal vineyard at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Situated 25 minutes from both Nelson and the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, yet only a five minute drive from Mapua wharf’s waterfront restaurants, cafes and boutique stores.

The Lodge and Cottage accommodation enjoys stunning views over the vineyard and Tasman Bay beyond. A high level of personal attention for only 8 guests is experienced in a relaxing, intimate environment. Enjoy an insider’s perspective of Nelson’s vibrant wine region, whilst experiencing the very best in hospitality and gourmet produce.

UK Visit... a date for your diary

I’m hoping to be in the UK in September and would love to meet up with you to discuss your New Zealand travel plans and show a presentation of all New Zealand has to offer.

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Look forward to seeing you all soon

Best wishes