Birding

New Zealand is famous for its birds and there is ample opportunity to join birding tours or to go out with expert guides... New Zealand's lowland bush has been minimized by settlement, first by the Polynesianexplorers a thousand years ago and accelerated by the arrival of Europeans a couple of hundred years ago. This has brought  about the demise of many of New Zealand's unique birds, such as the Moa and the Huia. Although New Zealand is still a heavily forested country in the remote and mountainous areas introduced animals such as goats, deer, rats and the Australian brush tailed possum pose a real threat to New Zealand's remaining endemic birds. Extensive effort is being made to reverse the trend with protection and breeding programmes. Until recently, it was thought that the only way to preserve New Zealand's unique bird life was to re-establish them on pest free offshore islands. This idea has now been extended to create "mainland islands" within the vast conservation estate. 

USEFUL LINKS

www.nzbirds.com

Auckland Region

Muriwai Gannets
Tiritiri Matangi

Eastern North Island

Miranda Shorebird Centre
Cape Kidnappers Gannets

Wellington

Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre
Kapiti Island
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Nelson / Marlborough

Farewell Spit
Huttons Shearwater (Kaikoura Wilderness Walks)

West Coast

Kahurangi National Park
Okarito Lagoon

Otago / Deep South

Taiaroa Head
The Catlins
Stewart Island

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Activities

Miranda Shorebird Centre

Address: Miranda, Seabird Coast    

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