Home to many wonders of the Mother Nature comprising jagged mountains, scenic trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, pristine beaches, and active volcanic zones, New Zealand is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. From the alpine parrots to living dinosaurs to the world’s smallest dolphins or super cute fur seals, travellers can discover here some of the best marine and wild life in the world.
Bay of Islands
If you wish to enjoy swimming with the beautiful dolphins in New Zealand, Bay of Islands is the place to be. With more than 140 subtropical islets, this famed island is an ideal place to explore the rich beauty of dolphins. You can experience here the thrill of jumping into the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and taking a snorkelling adventure with these wonderful marine creatures. You would also love to feed these giant creatures and watch them dance here. Make sure to read the safety instructions before taking this breathtaking adventure.
A place of scenic contrast and haunting natural beauty, the Waitaki region is home to Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony – a community dedicated to the penguins. Situated in Oamaru town, this colony is where you can treat your eyes to the beauty of blue eyed penguins returning from a day at sea. A lot of tourists visit here to have a charming experience of watching the penguins arriving on the beach, walking up the rocky ramp and making their way to the burrows. Visitors are advised to take an evening tour, for the penguins are not very active on the land during the day.
A visit to the beautiful island country is not complete without whale watching; and Kaikoura is one of the best places in the island to spot these giant gentle sea creatures. It is a tiny town on the South Island drawing the attention with a perfect marine environment and the largest population of whales including the Giant Sperm Whales. You can take day trips and evening walks to the coast of the island to spot these striking mammals in their natural habitat. You may also get a chance to spot the New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross in the waters.
Otago Peninsula is an ideal eco tourism travel destination in Dunedin with an abundance of splendid world-famous marine wildlife including The Royal Albatross, the endangered yellow eyed penguin and the blue penguins at Pukekura. Watching these regal seabirds soaring high up in the sky is a wonderful experience in the country. You can visit The Royal Albatross Centre situated near Taiaroa Head, and choose from a number of excursions and guided tours to the nearby hatching areas and incubation units. These tours will allow you delight in the beauty of these flying creatures and also understand the history of Northern Albatross in New Zealand.
A city on the southern shores of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua is home to the endangered Kiwi. These nocturnal flightless birds are kept protected in the national parks of Te Puia and Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Parks due to their decreasing number in the country. You can visit these parks and sanctuaries to spot these tiny creatures in their natural habitat. While discovering Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Parks, you should not miss visiting the incubation, hatching and nursery rooms.