Arthur’s Pass is one of the best spot in New Zealand to see Kea Birds up close!
Did you know that Kea is one of the most intelligent parrot on earth? Those funny birds are cheeky and very inquisitive. This characteristic helps Kea survive in a harsh alpine environment in search for new food places. Those parrots grow up to 50 cm long and are mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange color under their wings. The bird has a large narrow curved grey-brown upper beak. Kea is the world’s only alpine parrot.
You will definitely spot Kea Birds during our full day walk as they are commonly seen everywhere in Arthur’s Pass National Park. Avalanche Peak is a prime location for Kea watching. Should you be looking for a hiking day adventure, the Avalanche Peak Hike is perfect for you (this is a 8 hour walk for fit hikers). Young Kea birds are easily recognizable by a yellow ring around eyes and nostrils.
Kea is not the only bird you will see in this region teeming with birdlife. Arthur Pass is a Paradise for wildlife lovers.
Whio or the Blue Duck is usually seen in Otira Gorge.
If your are lucky you might spot our national symbol, the Kiwi. Rarely seen, it can be heard at dusk. They are apparently only 20 Kiwis living in the Bealey Valley! You can’t miss a Kiwi noise as the male calls with a loud high- pitched whistle. Female respond with a loud warbling whistle.
Weka and Tui birds can be seen at the Western part of the National park in the deep forests.
Those birds are the most famous and popular New Zealand birds. You will witness a few more birds species during the walk.
If you are lucky enough to spot native birds during your walk, please try not to disturb their routine. Human development in the alpine zone has reduced wildlife food resources. However as tempting as this might be, avoid feeding the birds as it encourages them to come into closer contact with people. Feeding young birds also discourages them from looking for their own food and this can make them dependent on human food wastes.Join one of our walks, your guide will be happy to provide you with great insights on the local birdlife and much more! Come and talk to us!