Flora & Fauna
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The Kea is the only mountain parrot in the world and is only found in the mountains of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
Flowers in New Zealand's South Island mountains during January and February. It is found in rocky places in alpine areas up to 1700m.
The world's largest buttercup. Subalpine to low- alpine herbfields. Flowers November to January.
Lives in the rocky areas of the alpine environment. Believed to be spending the winter underground between rocks.
Alpine herbfields. Flowers December to February.
Unique to New Zealand. The Giant Scree Weta is an alpine specialist and lives largely under rocks on scree. It comes out at night to feed on small scree plants. Alpine Weta have the unique ability to freeze solid without being killed.
Subalpine and alpine herbfields. Flowers January and February.
High Country and alpine areas. Agressive during breeding time. The native falcon is the jet-fighter among the birds of prey, usually downing its prey on the wing.
Subalpine and alpine grasslands. Berries ripen from December to April.
Lives in the alpine herbfields. In order to conserve energy alpine grasshoppers spend up to 90 percent of their day resting. Their food requirements are extraordinarily low, thus they conserve their environment.
Grows in wet areas of the lower alpine herbfields. Flowers November to January.
Keas are always inquisitive. They are very intelligent. Naturally they want to know what your crampons are used for.
Magnificent display of Mount Cook Lilies in the Hooker Valley.
Keas are always playful and sociable.
On the Aoraki/Mount Cook Trek, Ball Pass Summit Trek and Ball Pass Crossing you will see a wonderful display of New Zealand's unique alpine flora and fauna. Due to New Zealand's long geological isolation many of these plants and animals are only to be seen here.
Your knowledgeable guide will point out the many features that set these mountains apart from the rest of the world.