New Zealand has turned the concept of a wildlife ‘Big Five’ upside down by developing its own ‘Small Five’ list to encourage travellers to see the destination’s wildlife.

The concept focuses on promoting awareness and conservation of the nation’s iconic Kiwi, Hector’s dophin, yellow-eyed penguin, tuatara and kea.


The tourist board has launched a dedicated online feature to give visitors detailed information on where to see the animals and other wildlife unique to the destination.

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Meanwhile, Discover the World has introduced an 18-day Small Five trip which includes opportunities to see all the species. It costs from £2,228 for all ground arrangement including car rental and accommodation as well as entrance fees to a range of experiences including the Mount Tarawera Safari, Mount Bruce Native Bird Reserve, White Heron Colony, Milford Sound cruise, Kiwi Watch, Ulva Island, Albatross Colony, Yellow eyed penguin colony, Tiritiri Matangi and Te Anau Glowworm caves.

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