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New Zealand's North & South Islands

New Zealand an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean known for its geographic isolation is comprised of two main islands, a population of 4.4 million and a land mass slightly smaller than Italy. The larger more remote and scenic South Island is a natural paradise divided is along its length by the Southern Alps with its many glaciers, fjords and lush rain forests. The slightly flatter and more populated North Island settled by the Maori people is rich in Polynesian culture and known for its volcanoes, wineries and the vibrant cities of Wellington and Auckland.
Our journey started in the historic South Island city of Christchurch only days before it was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake (2nd in 6 months) resulting in New Zealandís worst natural disaster in history. Our travels then took us high onto the glaciers of Aoraki / Mt. Cook, deep into the fern covered rain forests, to Queenstown and then to the remote western region and stunning Milford Sound where we boarded the 207 foot Oceanic Discoverer for a voyage tracing the eastern flanks of both the South and North Islands searching for marine mammals and New Zealandís diverse array of sea birds such as Albatross, Shag, Petrels, Shearwaters and 3 types of Penguins. Our journey gave us an excellent perspective of New Zealandís splendid landscapes, cultural heritage and unique wildlife.

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Dusky Dolphins,  Kaikoura  2
Dusky Dolphins, Kaikoura 2
Gannet Landing to feed Chick,  Napier Cape Kidnappers  4
Gannet Landing to feed Chick, Napier Cape Kidnappers 4
Gannet Plateau Colony,   Napier /  Cape Kidnappers   9
Gannet Plateau Colony, Napier / Cape Kidnappers 9
Gannet and Chick,  Napier Cape Kidnappers  5
Gannet and Chick, Napier Cape Kidnappers 5
Gannet Feeding Chick,  Napier / Cape Kidnappers  2
Gannet Feeding Chick, Napier / Cape Kidnappers 2
Weka,  Ulva Island   1
Weka, Ulva Island 1
Weke Sparing,  Ulva Island  3
Weke Sparing, Ulva Island 3
Weke Sparing Ulva Island  2
Weke Sparing Ulva Island 2
Dusky Sound,   Fiordland South Island  1
Dusky Sound, Fiordland South Island 1
Sunset,  Dusky Sound  2
Sunset, Dusky Sound 2
Variable Oyster Catcher,   Doubtful Sound  1
Variable Oyster Catcher, Doubtful Sound 1
Spotted Shags,  Dunedin  7
Spotted Shags, Dunedin 7
 Tutatara,  Wildlife Center Queenstown  1
Tutatara, Wildlife Center Queenstown 1
White Chinned Petrel,  Doubtful Sound  1
White Chinned Petrel, Doubtful Sound 1
Hectors Dolphins,   Akaroa  2
Hectors Dolphins, Akaroa 2
Hectors Dolphins,  Akaroa  1
Hectors Dolphins, Akaroa 1
Spotted Shags,   Dunedin  6
Spotted Shags, Dunedin 6
White Capped Albatross Kaikoura  4.JPG
White Capped Albatross Kaikoura 4.JPG
Salvins Albatross  Doubtful Sound  4
Salvins Albatross Doubtful Sound 4
Salvins  Albatross  Doubtful Sound  3
Salvins Albatross Doubtful Sound 3
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