Kea (Nestor notabilis) are an endemic parrot of the South Island's high country. Although they are seen in reasonable numbers throughout the South Island, the size of the wild population is unknown - but is estimated at between 1,000 and 5,000 birds.

If you are a guest to the alpine environment you will most likely encounter kea. Raucous cries of "keeaa" often give away the presence of these highly social and inquisitive birds. On most trips we get to see these wonderful alpine companions.