Aihe - Stewart Island Pelagic Birding
New Zealand is recognised as the seabird capital of the world due to its location in the South Pacific Ocean. The Tasman Sea lies between Australia and New Zealand. Lattitude 47º south and longitude 168º east cross over Stewart Island. Rich subtropical and sub-Antarctic waters mix around our shores, bringing nutrients that support marine life, including sea birds. Seabirds are also attracted to fishing boats and with commercial fishing taking place in Foveaux Straits between the South Island and Stewart Island, it is not unusual to see fifty or more albatross (usually mollymawks) surrounding a fishing boat. During the breeding season, it is often juveniles or non-breeding birds that are prominent.
Take an Aihe - Stewart Island Pelagic Birding trip to view a variety of albatross sweep and glide over the sea. Seek out petrels including the northern giant petrel, prion, shearwaters, terns, skua and penguins, including little blue, rare-yellow-eyed and Fiordland crested and several species of cormorants. Seasons and weather affect what we see. Additionally, we view New Zealand fur seals and if present dolphins. Enjoy some excellent photo opportunities.
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Map of Where Trip Operates
The map below shows the area of travel. We cruise out of Paterson Inlet, into Foveaux Straits to nearby islands and may visit some of the north eastern shoreline of stewart Island.