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Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)

Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)The tui is one of our favourite endemic (only found here) birds of New Zealand. In fact, we love it so much that we named one of our trips after it! They are very attractive bird, about 30 cm (12 inches) long with dark plumage, which from a distance or in dim light appears plain black, but close up it is a glossy iridescent multi-coloured green, blue, copper, and violet. It also has two distinctive white plumes on the lower throat and white patches under the wings.
                                                          
You don’t have to be a keen bird-watcher to see a tui in New Zealand - you might see a tui at any time on one of our adventure tours (including the Tui trip, of course!) because they’re found around much of the forested areas of New Zealand where we go hiking, and even in some leafy suburbs. We often spot a few of them hanging around together amongst the trees in Queenstown. Often the best time to see one is first thing in the morning or at dusk when you’ll hear their persistent song – they sometimes even sing at night when the moon is out! Their song is really variable, at times it’s almost a disorganised shambles of beautiful notes, clicks and cackles, but because of that it’s pretty distinctive. Similar to parrots (in song and intelligence), tuis will sometimes mimic other sounds, including other bush birds, especially their relative the bellbird – both birds belong to the family of honeyeaters.

Typically, they’ll perch right at the top of a tree, quite often a dead one. They’ll be looking for flowering flax bushes and trees, along with insects and fruit.

Their song will become a familiar sound on your journey around NZ. Also, when you arrive at Auckland airport, they play the tui birdsong to you as you make your way to the arrivals hall.

The other Tui

tui-beerNot only is the Tui one of our favourite birds, it's also one of New Zealand's oldest and favourite beers! Brewed at the Wagstaff Brewery in Mangatainoka since 1889, it's a hoppy East India Pale Ale style beer enjoyed by many a happy kiwi!

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I wasn't ready for the trip to end!

I don't even know where to begin...so let's start at the beginning. I spent the last year dreaming about going to New Zealand, trying to talk just one friend into going with me, and finally, with some encouragement from family, booking this trip as a first time solo traveler. And let me be clear- that was the best decision I could have made! I enjoyed every single minute of my trip and wouldn't change the experience of traveling solo for anything. From the moment I met Gary and Mel, I knew that I had made the right decision. They were welcoming, to all, from the moment they met us. Right away I knew I had nothing to worry about, and worry I did prior to the start of the trip. I could not have asked for a better group of travel mates; it was as if you had hand-picked who should be on the trip together. They were amazing! The experiences on the trip would not have been nearly as amazing if it wasn't for these awesome people with whom I had the good fortune to travel.
Gary and Mel were kind, patient, and so easy to be around. They answered every question a novice like myself asked, without ever making me feel like an idiot. Gary was witty, kept us going, and a super safe driver! ( I am not a big fan of mountain roads with cliffs on the edge that lead to instant death and not once did I fear for my life.) Mel's cooking...holy smokes was it good; so much so that the pounds I was so sure I would lose on the trip didn't happen. She has even inspired me to try to cook a couple of her dishes this winter. She made it look so easy, even with the varied diets of the group. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I had chatting with both Gary and Mel wherever we were: on the bus, hiking, eating or playing cards. They brought us all together.
Now, for the adventures! Every day was different from the day prior. I saw and experienced so many new things that I can't stop talking about it. I loved the really challenging hikes (Sealy Tarns and Alex Knob) and the slower paced treks through the rain forest and valleys. The night sky at Mt. Aspiring Hut is indescribable! While we were unable to go on the second overnight hike due to weather, Gary and Mel didn't miss a beat. We were so busy and had so much fun, even in the rain, that you would never have known that we were doing almost 3 days of alternate activities. Major kudos to them for this! I could keep going on how much I enjoyed every aspect of my trip. This was the first vacation I have been on where I didn't want it to end and it truly was the trip of a lifetime. I can't wait to book my next trip with Active Adventures!
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– California, United States
Winter Rimu, August 2016
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