New Zealand, originally part of the supercontinent Gondwanaland, which included Africa, Australia, Antartica, and South American, broke away about 85 million years ago. Due to our geographic isolation, and absence of land mammals, our bird and insect life are some of the most unique on the planet.
With a coastline of over 15,000km (9,300m) long, we have the most diverse seabird community in the world. Combined with our unique land birds, New Zealand is considered one of the most spectacular birding destinations in the world. We are a birdwatchers paradise!
Our extensive coastline coupled with 44 marine reserves in New Zealand’s territorial waters, have contributed to rare and abundant sea creatures and environments. Sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and diving provide ways to experience this abundance above and below the water’s surface.