This unique adventure allows you to get up close and personal with some of New Zealand’s inimitable National Treasures. Aoraki Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, the West Coast and highlight of your journey – the beloved native flightless bird intrinsic to our nation’s identity – the Kiwi. Your experienced and passionate instructor becomes your guide on an adventure into the heart of New Zealand’s wilderness and natural culture.
Take off from Wanaka Airport and head west and north over the Southern Alps. Rendezvous with the most stunning mountain ranges, peaks and glaciers in New Zealand as your flight path heads north toward Greymouth and the Bois Gentil Kiwi Crèche. Your Kiwi Encounter Bois Gentil is a crèche, a pest-proof environment that provides the ultimate safety for these adolescent Kiwi birds to grow strong, healthy and instinctively. The passion project of Luc Bohyn, this altruistic adventure has been designed to give the Kiwi a real chance at a life of freedom, while allowing the privileged few to meet these special little birds up close. Follow your ranger and their antennae and seek out your own personal Kiwi experience through native forest and bush – the natural home of the New Zealand Kiwi. Your Taste of the West Coast After an awe-inspiring experience in native forest with New Zealand’s treasured icon, you may have worked up an appetite! And you are in for a treat! The Blackball Hilton is a New Zealand mining hotel, one of the few original West Coast inns that once served hungry gold miners eking their fortune out of New Zealand’s untamed land. Now the Blackball Hilton dishes up hearty fare for travellers passing through the historic West Coast settlement of Blackball.