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8 Wildlife Activities in New Zealand


What wildlife activities can you do in NZ?

With a population of native animal and bird species in New Zealand, there are some wildlife activities that are either rare or like no other in the world. What’s more, you can experience New Zealand’s wildlife in their natural environment.

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1. Dolphin Swimming

A unique experience is swimming with wild dolphins.

Check out the 5 Places to Swim with Dolphins in New Zealand.

2. Seal swimming

Fur seal colonies are found on the South Island coast. You can swim with them in Kaikoura.



3. Whale Watching

Orcas and sperm whales can be seen in New Zealand’s waters.

To see the best whale watching locations check out our article: 5 Places to Spot Whales in New Zealand.

4. Kiwi spotting

You can see the New Zealand national bird in the wild on kiwi spotting tours or in sanctuaries.

Find out more in our article: Where to See Kiwi Birds in New Zealand.

5. Penguin Spotting

In the South Island you can see the world’s smallest penguins: the little blue penguins, and yellow-eyed penguins.

Find out the 5 Best Places to See Penguins in New Zealand.

6. Kea filming

Yes, a very popular activity in New Zealand is filming the kea as it destroys your car.



7. Walk among gannets

New Zealand has some of the largest gannet colonies in the world. The largest of which is at Cape Kidnappers.


8. Horse Trekking

One cool way to take in the New Zealand landscape is by doing a horse trek.


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