The Fiordland Crested Penguin is endemic to the rainforests of Fiordland and is the second rarest breed of penguin in the world. Known for their gleaming yellow crests that stick out like bushy eyebrows and their bright orange beaks, these little birds are as commonly found amongst the ferns as they are in the sea. Join us on your private adventure as you travel offbeat New Zealand into Martins Bay a deserted piece of paradise, located just north of Milford Sound in Fiordland.
The Fiordland Crested Penguins nest in this area in loose colonies in the dense coastal shrub, hollows, under fallen trees, roots, boulders and in rock crevices. You will witness the penguins as they leave and return from their nests and also have the opportunity to visit the resident local New Zealand fur seal colony located at Long Reef.
Your day starts with a private vehicle transfer with your local guide to Milford Sound and then a 20-minute helicopter flight over snow-capped mountains to Martins Bay. The ultimate wilderness playground Martins Bay and the nearby Hollyford Track is only accessible by air, water or foot. By foot the only land route to Martins Bay in Fiordland is the Hollyford Track a walk-through lush forest, beside a mighty river, alongside beautiful lakes and finishing at Martins Bay.
3 Fiordland produce platters served over lunch, 1 platter 'from the Ocean' and 1 platter 'from the Land' and a dessert petite four style platter to finish. These banquet-style platters are a mingle-as-you-please table arrangement creating a fantastic communal dining atmosphere and available to non-house guests for lunch only on prior arrangement.
Price: $3,350 based on 2 people and includes all transfers, nature guide for the day and picnic lunch.