Bird Watching Tour - Motuara Island
Motuara Island is a predator free bird sanctuary island and is home to some of New Zealand's rarest and endangered native
birds. The island is open to the general public and can be reached by taking one of the many water taxi's from Picton. There is a
recently built walking path that leads from the jetty up to the top of the island where there is a purpose built viewing platform that
will reward you with one of the most splendid views in the whole of the Marlborough Sounds. On a fine day you see south to the
inland Kaikoura ranges, looking north you can see Mt Taranaki and Kapiti Island which is also a native bird sanctuary near
The type of native birds to be seen on the island include south island robins, the very rare and endangered saddleback, bell
birds, kakariki (parekeets), New Zealand falcon, fan tails, little blue penguins and tomtits. There are also a number of kiwi's that
have been released here.The native people of New Zealand the Maori, lived here before European settlers as it provided a
plentiful supply of locally sourced food, in particular sea food and the island was also a naturally formed safe haven.
In 1770, Captain Cook claimed sovereignty over the South Island here in the name of the Queen and in 1920 a small monument
was placed at the top of the island in recognition of this historic event.
Natural Encounters Walks offers a One Day Guided Walk and Cruise which includes a 1.5 hour visit to the island as well as
walking part of the Queen Charlotte Track. Beginning at 8am we travel by water taxi from Picton passing by salmon farms and
seal colonies to the island. Watch out for the occasional pod of Dolphin that make these waters home. Then its over to Ship Cove
and the start of the Queen Charlotte Track followed by a 4 -5 hour walk through some of New Zealands most stunning coastal
scenery before returning back to Picton by mail boat no later than 5.30pm.
This walk can also be combined with bed and breakfast accommodation in Picton. See more details here
Delicious packed lunch
Use of walking poles and day bags if necessary
Price: October 16 - April 17 NZ$275 per person
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