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Yellow Eyed Penguins
The yellow-eyed penguin is a penguin native to New Zealand. Previously thought to be closely related to the little penguin, research has shown it more closely related to penguins of the genus Eudyptes.
Hooker’s Sea-lion
The Hooker’s sea lion is also known as a New Zealand sea lion, it is a species of sea lion that primarily breeds on New Zealand’s subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands and to some extent around the coast of New Zealand’s South and Stewart islands.
Northern Royal Albatross
The northern royal albatross is from the albatross family and a large seabird. It was split from the closely related southern royal albatross around 1998, though not all experts support that claim and consider both of them to be subspecies of the royal albatross.
New Zealand Fur Seal
New Zealand Fur Seals, as the name suggests, have a very dense layer of secondary fur underneath the visible grey-brown guard hairs. Unlike sea-lion which relies on blubber to keep them warm, fur seals rely on their cozy secondary layer of dense fur.
New Zealand Kingfisher
Bright metallic blue with pale orange chest, these kingfishers are very numerous during winter/spring around peninsula lagoons and common through other periods. Despite the bird's name, fish is not the main part of their diet, these birds will eat worms, crabs, insects, skinks, mice, and even small birds.
Crested Penguins
The term crested penguin is the common name given collectively to species of penguins of the genus Eudyptes. All are black and white penguins with yellow crests, red bills, and eyes, and are found on Subantarctic islands in the world’s southern oceans, including New Zealand.
Bar-tailer Godwits
The bar-tailed godwit is a large wader in the family Scolopacidae. Its migration is the longest known non-stop flight of any bird and also the longest journey without pausing to feed by any animal.
Red-billed gulls
The red-billed gull is the most common of NZs seagulls and always seen. They are a grey/white bird with bright red bill legs and feet. Also known as the mackerel gull.
Pie Stilt
The small delicate distinctive black and white wader with very long legs and a long fine black bill. Regularly seen feeding around the lagoons amongst oyster catchers and ducks.
Stewart Island Brown Kiwi
The Stewart Island brown kiwi belongs to the kiwi family, is a sub species of the southern brown kiwi and is also a ratite. Like all ratites, its sternum has no keel, it is flightless, and it has a distinctive palate.

Elm Wildlife Tours recognises the importance of conducting their business with a responsibility towards the environment and in the communities in which we operate.

The nature of their business means that we must ensure their activities have the least possible negative impact on the environment, now and in the future. We will endeavour to provide a sustainable, high-quality eco-tour experience, which meets customer expectations. We are committed to working with other tour operators to raise awareness in the environment and to develop and demonstrate good practice by operating in a sensitive and considered manner. We have clear policies for responsible tourism.

Elm Wildlife Tours have been assessed under the Earthcheck program conducted by EC3 Global one of Asia Pacific’s most experienced environmental management and tourism consultancy businesses as meeting or exceeding the standards of “Best practice” as outlined we are our Environmental Management Plan.

We also run a carbon neutral tour and are heavily involved in a Yellow-Eyed Penguin Conservation program that we have been funding for a number of years.

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