Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)

tui bird

Photo by Nzbirdsonline.org.nz

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!

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 reviews)

    Tui Adventure

    This trip was all I had hoped for and then some. I expected beautiful scenery and exciting activities, but I did not expect the personal touch from our guides. One of the group members mentioned chips and salsa... that night we had chips and salsa to go with our appetizers. They knew I love birds, so I was introduced to every bird possible - along with descriptions of the birds’ personalities and habits. There seemed to be no end to Dani and Emma’s knowledge about New Zealand and that made a huge impact on our trip! We all felt like family by the end of the week, and for a person traveling alone, that is a wonderful gift!
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    – Texas, United States
    Tui, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 reviews)

    Most awesome!

    What a great adventure with Koru and Jess. This trip met and exceeded my expectations. Plenty of hiking, beautiful views and delicious meals. It ended all too soon. Would recommend this to anyone wanting adventure into the great outdoors of New Zealand.
    Liz Nino Review Image
    – Oregon, United States
    Kiwi, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 reviews)

    Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

    If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
    This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
    I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
    Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!
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    – Wisconsin, United States
    Rimu, May 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 reviews)

    Thank You Active Adventures

    Active Adventures' Winter Rimu trip allowed me to experience many things for the first time. Coming from an island of Guam, I was able to see something so different than what I normally see in my backyard. It was my first time to climb up to 1,100 meters. The climb was at Sealy Tarns which overlooked a lake, Mt. Cook village and most especially a fantastic view of Mt. Cook. It was my first time doing an overnight hike as well. We trekked through the scenic landscape towards Mt. Aspiring hut and was rewarded at night with an unspoilt sky of the Southern Hemisphere. It was so clear that we were able to see the Milky Way (another first). We also did a hike up Alex Knobb to get a good view of Franz Glacier and on the way up, we experienced so much elements in one day. We experienced hail and snow (both for the first time) and enjoyed some picturesque views the more higher we climbed.

    From the beginning of the trip, Lynette and Miriam were wonderful at helping to book my trip with Active Adventures. During the trip, Mel and Gary were so hospitable and helped make the trip memorable. Mel and Gary understood that we haven't hiked at this capacity or weren't seasoned hikers, yet they remained with us at the back and encouraged us every step of the way. They helped to show the true essence of New Zealand's natural beauty as well as the friendliness and hospitality of Kiwis. This trip has been amazing and thanks to Active Adventures, New Zealand has become my favorite place in the world.

    Thank you for the memories and for these experiences. <3
    Analyn Palugod Review Image
    – GUAM, Guam
    Winter Rimu, July 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 reviews)

    Rimu—Feb., 2018

    Could not have been happier with our guides, their level of preparation/organization and the stunning scenery of the South Island.
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    – North Carolina, United States
    Rimu, February 2018

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