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Alpinism & Ski Ltd

Alpinism & Ski Ltd in Wanaka, South Island, New ZealandDescription: NZ's Southern Alps offer mountaineering challenges second to none. From easy to demanding climbs, Alpinism & Ski Ltd. can safely and efficiently assist and guide you up a peak(s) that will give you lasting memories of climbing in one of the most stunning Alpine Wilderness areas on the Earth's crust.

Trekking trips and excursions are also offered, from Wanaka to the three National Parks of Mount Aspiring, Mount Cook and Westland, part of the only World Heritage Park in New Zealand. Explore the unique Alpine environment, incredible glacier world and rain forest with your personal tour guide specialising in small groups, no minimum numbers required. A botanical introduction to the native and very special endemic flora and fauna can be part of your nature tour to and through some of the most beautiful places. Half day, full day and overnight trips are available. Check our webpage for detailed programs and prices on Alpinism & Ski Ltd. Mountain Guiding, Mountaineering Courses, Ski Touring, Film Mountain Safety, Avalanche Courses and Trekking Excursions.

Location: Wanaka, approx 1 hours driving from Queenstown
Season: All year

Contact person(s): Iris Abaecherli & Gary Dickson
Address: 11 Rimu Lane, Wanaka 9192
Phone: +64 3 443 6593
Mobile Phone: 025 265 8817
Fax: +64 3 443 6593

Back to Nature Tours

Description: We offer wildlife tours of the majestic Otago Peninsula. View the rare yellow-eyed penguin from our private hide and tread carefully around the rarest seal-lion in the world, the Hooker Sea-lion. You will also learn of NZ`s native plants as we visit the "temperate rainforest garden" of Larnach Castle.

Personal and customized tours can be arranged on request.

We have a special cruise ship excursion that allows you to join others on a journey that includes all the city highlights and beauty of the Otago Peninsula.

The rare yellow-eyed penguin, Dunedin NZ

Location: Dunedin, City Centre
Season: October - April (Winter tour on request)

Contact person(s): Chris Roberts
Address: PO Box 624, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone: 03 479 2009
Fax: 03 479 2009

Comments: Advanced bookings are essential. Payment can be made online via our secure online booking page.Otago Penunsula eco tours, Dunedin New Zealand

Catlins Natural Wonders

Discover the hidden treasures of the CatlinsDescription: Journey to the heart of the Catlins with local guide Earl Matheson. Walks from 5 to 40 minutes which include wildlife, native forest and stunning views. Discover the hidden treasures of the Catlins and enjoy an interesting and varied day out.

The Yellow-Eyed penguins can be viewed in the evening at an exclusive private location in the Catlins.This is the world's rarest penguin in its natural environment.

Out & About tours depart Dunedin at 8:30am every second day. Options include returning to Dunedin the same day or staying in the Catlins to view Yellow Eyed penguins or extending to the Stop Over tour, which returns 2:30-3:00pm the following day.

I can help book your Catlins accommodation or put together package deals.

Refreshments include yummy muffins, biscuits, fresh fruit, biscuits, water, coffee, and tea.

Location: Pick up points in Dunedin, Balclutha and the Catlins.
Season: All season round

Contact person(s): Earl Matheson
Address: 4 Cherry Lane, Balclutha
Postal Address: P.O. Box 130 Mosgiel 9032, Dunedin, New Zealand
Mobile Phone: 0274 985 941
Freephone: 0800 353 941 (NZ only)
Fax: 64 3 4898168

Comments: The Stop Over tour includes the Out & About tour, the Yellow-Eyed penguin experience and 2.5 hours on the Catlins River Track. Bus links from Invercargill arrive in Balclutha at 10.00am to link up with tours.

Catlins Wildlife Trackers

The view from our houseDescription: We offer two and four days of quality information and experience AND two and four nights of accommodation that pays attention to the needs and comfort of our guests.

The tour includes rainforest interpretation; coast and river exploration; wildlife observation (yellow-eyed penguins, Hookers sealions, rare and seldom seen forest birds and more); as well as history from 180 million years ago to the present day.

We are double winners of NZ Tourism Awards: Ecotourism (1993), Activity and Adventure Tourism (1996).

The Catlins, explored with Fergus and Mary Sutherland of Catlins Wildlife Trackers, guarantees a memorable experience. See website for further details and information on our accommodation-only options and independent walks.

Location: Two hours south of Dunedin
Season: September to May

Contact person(s): Fergus or Mary Sutherland
Address: 5 Mirren St, Papatowai, Catlins, South Otago
Postal Address: Papatowai, RD 2, Owaka, South Otago
Phone: +64 3 415 8613
Freephone: 0800 CATLIN
Fax: +64 3 415 8613


Try cycling, even if you haven't been on a bike for years.Description: Catering for small groups of 3 to 10 people, our unique tours will take you from the temperate coast of Dunedin to the near desert of Central Otago. From the fertile Taieri Plain to the dry Maniototo. Over an historic mountain pass to a modern town by a sparkling lake. From the summer heat of a river valley to the alpine chill of a glacier. Relax. Take time out. Breathe the clean, dry air. Cycle or walk while you discover the history of our pioneers. Experience Central Otago.

Discover: dry stone walls and splendid views, also wildlife: albatross, penguins and seals, rail trails, old stone buildings and more splendid views, also goldmining history.

Experience: exhilarating hills, quiet inlets, interesting tracks and deserted beaches, the serenity, the silence, and the sweeping vastness of golden central otago.

E-tours minibus
Contact person(s): Bill & Lenni Allen
Address: Horse & Gnome, Highcliff Road, RD 2, Dunedin.
Phone: +64 3 476 1960
Fax: +64 3 476 1960

Comments: Our eight-day tour of Central Otago includes a complementary tour of the Otago Peninsula with its wildlife attractions. For details of this tour see the Otago Peninsula section of the website. We look forward to meeting you.

E-Treks Limited

E-Treks Limited hikingDescription: E-Treks offers hikes that focus on the local ecology and cultural history of various backcountry locations near Queenstown.

Each hike has been carefully chosen so as to provide each party with a variety of forest and alpine settings, a diverse array of flora and fauna, numerous historic gold mining relics and scenic backdrops.

These hikes are situated within the Remarkables Conservation Area, the Mt Crichton Scenic Reserve and in the Rees Valley. The hike in the Rees Valley, for example, takes in the Invincible Gold Mine perched on a narrow terrace that looks out towards the glaciated peaks at the head of the valley.

E-Treks is operated solely by a qualified environmental scientist and ecologist who has lived and worked in Queenstown for a number of years.

All hikes are restricted to two people to ensure a high quality experience. The departure times and duration of each hike varies according to fitness levels and each party’s personal requirements. Generally each hike takes between 3 to 4 hours.

Door to door transportation is provided along with a picnic style lunch and refreshments.

Location: Queenstown

Contact person(s): Simon Beale
Address: 7/135 Fernhill Road, Queenstown
Postal Address: PO Box 113, Queenstown
Phone: 03 442 7179
Mobile Phone: 027 230 0236

Kiwi & Birdlife Park

New Zealand Kiwi at the Kiwi & Birdlife Park, in the heart of Queenstown.Description: The Kiwi & Birdlife Park has live kiwi and a variety of birds and reptiles that are unique to New Zealand, viewable in enclosures from easy walking pathways among a lush, cool forested park of native and exotic trees.

We offer:

  • A GUARANTEED LOOK AT LIVE KIWI, in a Nocturnal setting.
  • An opportunity to SEE a LIVING FOSSIL, the TUATARA
  • GUIDED TOURS OF THE PARK BY ARRANGEMENT with special close-ups and photo opportunities (except the kiwi)
  • New Zealand?s first Live Conservation Show daily 11 am and 3pm
  • Early Maori Hunting Village Guided Tours daily 10am and 2pm
  • DINING WITH THE BIRDS. Breakfast, lunch or dinner by arrangement for groups.

Location: In the heart of Queenstown.
Season: All year round except Xmas day.

Almost extinct - the Black Stilt
Contact person(s): Paul Wilson
Address: Brecan Street, adjacent to Gondola, Queenstown.
Postal Address: P.O Box 643, Queenstown.
Phone: +64 3 442 8059
Fax: +64 3 442 8061

Comments: We alsio have a unique eco-friendly shop, displaying a wide variety of quality NZ made products.

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