• May 08

Flying Kiwi News - May 08

Love the outdoors = Love Flying Kiwi

Another season draws to a close and as we pack up the tents and dust down the skis, its time to reflect on a fantastic year.

First, we'd like to thank all our great clients for making so many of our trips a fantastic experience for all. With a satisfaction rate of 99% and our highest passenger numbers yet, we know a great time was had by all - but we'll still push for 100% next year!!

The weather this year has been superb and has made camping, cycling and hiking the perfect way to experience NZ. We are also delighted with the entrants for this years photo competition and you can find full details on winners below.

If your planning a trip next season, feel free to drop us a line; the team are still available through the winter months and will be found toasting themselves infront of the heaters!

Whale watching in Kaikoura

Kiwis are passionate about these big and beautiful creatures who regularly visit and patrol our coastlines and getting up close to them is an awe inspiring adventure. Operators are extremelysensitive to their environments and you will often find a portion of your cost will be put towards various conservation projects.

Kaikoura is the most frequently visited spot with year round sightings of the fabulous sperm whales. These guys perform some very dramatic sub-aqua feats and the crew will provide you with a fascinating run down on their environment and societies. Heading out to view the magnificent creatures is often an experience on its own with stunning mountains framing the ocean and often a pod of dolphins to guide you out.

Using various techniques and technology you are almost guaranteed to spot a whale and many operators kindly offer another trip if nothing is seen. The highlight is enjoying the amazing breach as they dive down to unbelievable depths and you will hear a plethora of camera clicks as everyone rushes to grab their perfect picture of a whale breaching with a mountain background – certainly one to put on the wall when you get back!

Conservation volunteer options

Imagine having fun, never knowing what you are going to discover next, and at the same time help our unique New Zealand environment. You think only qualified people can save the environment? No way, anyone can do it. We are working hard to increase the number of volunteer options available on Flying Kiwi trips in conjunction with the The New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

The organisation always has exciting projects available for everyone. Work opportunities are available for residents and tourists alike and there is always something for you to do. Some of the work available includes helping to monitor animals, restore forests and even create new habitats. Think globally, act locally, and enjoy restoring true nature. Hiking and sea kayaking are great fun, but conserving wildlife is an experience that will last you a lifetime.

So why are you still reading this? Sign up as a volunteer with NZTCV by visiting the website, read about their numerous conservation projects, and experience a true New Zealand adventure.


New Zealand voted top by Nature Lovers

Our current brochure states "the best thing about New Zealand is the outdoors and Flying Kiwi is the ultimate way to experience it." Well, it seems that British outdoor enthusiasts agree, according to recent readers' polls in two top UK walking publications.

The readers of Walk magazine have voted New Zealand "Best Walking Place Overseas", ahead of France and Austria, in the 2008 Walk Readers' Awards. Walk is the UK's largest circulated walking magazine and reaches 140,000 active walkers and outdoors enthusiasts.

Members of the online outdoors community OutdoorsMagic.com have also put their hands up for New Zealand, naming the country "Best International Destination" in the Outdoors Magic Awards 2007/08. Sir Edmund Hillary was also recognised by Outdoors Magic members, who voted him this year's "Outdoors Magic Personality of the Year".