9 October 2009
Those visiting New Zealand have the opportunity to see a number of rare animals indigenous to the country, it has been observed.
Tourism officials are promoting the 'small five' in a bid to encourage more tourists to pay a visit, taking the concept from the 'big five' game animals in Africa.
Joining the iconic kiwi on the list is Hector's dolphin, the yellow-eyed penguin, the kea parrot and the tuatara - the world's only remaining beak-headed reptile.
Commenting on the rare species, chief executive of Tourism New Zealand George Hickton remarked: "A holiday here offers unique experiences to enjoy seeing them, from a night walk to kiwi-spot on a deserted beach, to swimming with the world's smallest dolphin."
Meanwhile, those travelling to the city of Nelson this month will be able to experience a festival of theatre, music, poetry and dance, which begins on October 15th and run until the 26th.