|Wrybill Anarhynchus frontalis ©Mike Danzenbaker http://www.avesphoto.com/|
North Island - Firth of Thames [Miranda]Website
An hours drive from Auckland, Miranda is the focal point of the seabird coast. Thousands of waders can be encountered from October to March including Wrybill, New Zealand Dotterel, Banded Dotterel, Red-necked Stint, Terek Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and large numbers of Godwits and Knot. NB A number of Fatbirder correspondents report that their cars have been broken into when visiting this site - please do NOT leave anything on show in your car, such as bags or optics.
North Island - Tiritiri Matangi IslandWebsite
Only a short ferry ride from Auckland city centre this predator free island is a glimpse of the paradise lost when european settlers introduced rats, possums and stoats to the fragile aotearoan ecosystem. Highlights include Takahe, Kokako, Stitchbird, Saddleback and Little Spotted Kiwi. One of the Fatbirder's most favourite places in the world!
South Island - Eglington Valley and Milford SoundSatellite View
A stunning drive with plenty of opportunities to look for Yellowhead, Kaka, Rifleman, Yellow-crowned Parakeet, Brown Creeper, Kea, Rock Wren, New Zealand Falcon, Blue Duck and Fjordland Crested Penguin.
South Island - Haast PassSatellite View
Midway between Haast and Wanaka, on the South Island, an early morning visit to this ancient Red Beech forest should reveal Yellowhead, Kaka, Rifleman, Yellow-crowned Parakeet and Brown Creeper.
South Island - KaikouraSatellite View
Snuggled under a stunning mountain range this coastal town is only 5km from the continental shelf which means that Albatross, Petrels, Shearwaters and cetaceans are abundant, especially April - August. Get a boat out and seawatching will never be quite the same again, expect nostril to nostril encounters with Royal, Wandering, Shy, Salvins, Bullers and Black-browed Albatross, Westland Black Petrel, Cape Pigeon, Fairy Prion, Giant Petrels and more.
South Island - Otago PeninsulaSatellite View
Easily accessible from Dunedin on the South Island the Otago offers colonies of Royal Albatross, Yellow-eyed Penguin, Spotted Shag, Stewart Island Shag and plenty of seabird action offshore.
Stewart IslandSatellite View
A gem at the southern tip of New Zealand with abundant birdlife including Blue, Yellow-eyed and Fjordland Crested Penguins, Seabirds galore, Weka, Kaka and the most reliable sites to witness the national icon, Brown Kiwi.
Number of bird species: 355
National Bird - Kiwi Apteryx mantelli
Number of endemics: 77
63 True Endemics:
Brown Kiwi Apteryx australis Great Spotted Kiwi Apteryx haastii Little Spotted Kiwi Apteryx owenii Okarito Brown Kiwi Apteryx rowi Brown Teal Anas aucklandica Brown Teal Anas chlorotis Campbell Island Teal Anas nesiotis New Zealand Scaup Aythya novaeseelandiae Blue Duck Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos Auckland Island Merganser Mergus australis Paradise Shelduck Tadorna variegata Fiordland Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus Snares Penguin Eudyptes robustus Erect-crested Penguin Eudyptes sclateri Yellow-eyed Penguin Megadyptes antipodes New Zealand Grebe Poliocephalus rufopectus Campbell Shag Phalacrocorax campbelli Rough-faced Shag Phalacrocorax carunculatus Stewart Shag Phalacrocorax chalconotus Auckland Shag Phalacrocorax colensoi Pitt Shag Phalacrocorax featherstoni Chatham Shag Phalacrocorax onslowi Spotted Shag Phalacrocorax punctatus Bounty Shag Phalacrocorax ranfurlyi Weka Gallirallus australis Chatham Islands Rail Gallirallus modestus Auckland Rail Lewinia muelleri Southern Takahe Porphyrio hochstetteri South Island Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus finschi Variable Oystercatcher Haematopus unicolor Black Stilt Himantopus novaezelandiae Wry-bill Anarhynchus frontalis Red-breasted Plover Charadrius obscurus Shore Dotterel Thinornis novaeseelandiae New Zealand Snipe Coenocorypha aucklandica Chatham Snipe Coenocorypha pusilla Black-billed Gull Larus bulleri Black-fronted Tern Sterna albistriata New Zealand Pigeon Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae Yellow-fronted Parakeet Cyanoramphus auriceps Chatham Parakeet Cyanoramphus forbesi Malherbes's Parakeet Cyanoramphus malherbi Red-fronted Parakeet Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae Antipodes Parakeet Cyanoramphus unicolor Kaka Nestor meridionalis Kea Nestor notabilis Kakapo Strigops habroptila Long-tailed Koel Urodynamis taitensis Rifleman Acanthisitta chloris Alpine Rock Wren Xenicus gilviventris New Zealand Bellbird Anthornis melanura Stitch-bird Notiomystis cincta Tui Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae Pipipi Finschia novaeseelandiae Chatham Island Gerygone Gerygone albofrontata Yellowhead Mohoua ochrocephala Kokako Callaeas cinereus New Zealand Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa New Zealand Robin Petroica australis New Zealand Tit Petroica macrocephala Chatham Island Robin Petroica traversi Fernbird Megalurus punctatus New Zealand Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae
14 Birds which only breed in New Zealand:
Atlas of Bird Distribution in New Zealand 1999-2004CJR Robertson, P Hyvonen, MJ Fraser and CR Pickard; 533 pages, 2100 maps, figs. Ornithological Society of NZ
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Birds of New Zealand: Locality GuideStuart Chambers 408 pages, col photos, illus. Arun Books Distributed by NHBS
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Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand...and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica Edited by EG Turbott 247 pages, 4 maps. New Zealand Ornithological Society
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Collins Field Guide: Birds of New Zealand, Hawaii, Central and West PacificBy Ber Van Perlo | 256 pages | 95 colour plates | Harper Collins | Hardcover | 2011
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Field Guide to New Zealand SeabirdsBrian Parkinson. Paperback - 136 pages (31 August, 2000) New Holland Publishers (NZ)
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Field Guide to the Birds of New ZealandBarrie Heather & Hugh Robertson. Paperback - 168 pages (11 January, 2001) Oxford University Press See the Fatbirder Review
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Flight of the HuiaEcology and Conservation of New Zealand's Frogs, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals Kerry-Jayne Wilson 411 pages, col photos, illus. Canterbury University Press
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Photographic Guide to Birds of New ZealandGeoff Moon Series: PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDES SERIES (NEW HOLLAND NATURAL HISTORY) 140 pages, 210 col photos. New Holland Publishers
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PukahaCD of NZ bird songs produced by the Mount Bruce Captive Breeding Project with all proceeds going to them.
The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand BirdsGeoff Moon Series: REED FIELD GUIDE SERIES 256 pages, col photos throughout. Reed Publishing
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New Zealand Rare Birds CommitteeWebsite
The Society's Rare Birds Committee has been in existence for about 25 years – the first published report was for 1974-75. The Committee then consisted of four members. In that year it received only six submissions for consideration. Published annual reports of the Committee for the next few years show that only a few sightings were considered by the Committee in each of those years...
Global Restoration NetworkWebsite
Large and increasing efforts are being made to rectify the enormous negative landscape transformations that have occurred in both Australia and New Zealand (Australasia) over the last 200 years. The projects listed on the following pages have been selected in a recent search for the most outstanding restoration projects in Australia and New Zealand...
Kakapo Recovery ProjectWebsite
Imagine you wake up one day and are told to look after the last 62 kakapo in the world! What would you do? Well, that is the challenge facing the Kakapo Recovery Programme every day. It sounds daunting, but it is all about doing some fairly simple things over and over again, and doing them well. We manage the birds in the wild to ensure they are healthy and ready for breeding. We research new ideas that might help ensure a future for the kakapo. We develop new technology that helps us in our daily work...
Kiwi Conservation ClubWebsite
The Kiwi Conservation Club is a Forest and Bird project for children.
Kiwi Recovery ProjectWebsite
Welcome to the Kiwi Recovery Programme web site. Saving our national bird is a full time occupation. The kiwi is canny, strong and stroppy, but it`s vanishing from New Zealand at a rate of 5.8 percent every year. In 1991 the Bank of New Zealand became a partner in the Kiwi Recovery Programme with the Department of Conservation and Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society because we wanted to do something about this decline...
New Zealand Ecological SocietyWebsite
The New Zealand Ecological Society was formed in 1951 to promote the study of ecology and the application of ecological knowledge in all its aspects. Through its activities, the society attempts to encourage ecological research, increase awareness and understanding of ecological principles, promote sound ecological planning and management of the natural and human environment and promote high standards both within the profession of ecology by those practicing it, and by those bodies employing ecologists...
Ornithological Society of New ZealandWebsite
General information about who the Ornithological Society of New Zealand are and what they do. Founded in 1939 the OSNZ was incorporated in 1953 and now has about 1000 financial members world-wide. A feature of OSNZ is the diversity of its membership, which ranges from professional ornithologists and government institutions in New Zealand and overseas through secondary and tertiary students and experienced amateur observers to learners and beginners. No special qualifications are required for admission and membership is open to all who are interested in birds.
The primary objectives of the Society are to encourage the breeding of every parrot in New Zealand whether it be in the wild or captivity and to produce a high quality magazine devoted entirely to parrots. Pet owners are also catered for.
Pukaha-Mount Bruce National Wildlife CentreWebsite
Pukaha Mount Bruce is New Zealand's National Wildlife Centre for conservation of some of our most endangered wildlife. We are also a centre for environmental education and an eco tourism destination. Kiwi, kokako, kaka and other wildlife are now being restored to the forest with the support of the local community...
Rotoiti Nature Recovery ProjectWebsite
The Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project aims to restore approximately 5000 hectares of beech forest on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, in Nelson Lakes National Park. This is being achieved through an extensive predator trapping programme and the area is managed as a "mainland island"...
Royal Forest & Bird Protection SocietyWebsite
P0 Box 631, Wellington. +64 4 3857374 email@example.com
NZ's equivalent of the RSPB etc. are an active, successful New Zealand based conservation organisation. Since 1923 we have worked for the protection of New Zealand's native forests, threatened species, marine heritage and for a healthier environment...
Tiritiri Matangi SupportersWebsite
Located 30km north east of central Auckland and just 4km from the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Tiritiri Matangi Island is one of New Zealand`s most important and exciting conservation projects. 120 years of farming saw this 230-hectare island stripped of 94% of its native bush but between 1984 and 1994, volunteers planted between 250,000 and 300,000 trees. The island is now 60% forested. The remaining 40% will be left as grassland for species such as the Takahe. In conjunction with this planting programme, all mammalian predators have been eradicated and a number of species of threatened and endangered birds have been successfully introduced. Nowhere else in New Zealand can you readily walk amongst so many species in such significant quantities. Tiritiri Matangi is one of only 2 Open Scientific Reserves in New Zealand, the other being the Albatross colony at Taiaroa Heads near Dunedin. Ferries depart from both Gulf Harbour and downtown Auckland allowing 150 visitors per day to visit the island. This is in addition to any private craft that may land. For ornithologically minded people, no visit to Auckland would be complete without a trip to Tiritiri Matangi. This gets such a large entry as it happens to be one of the Fat Birder`s most favourite places on earth!
Whangarei Native Bird Recovery CentreWebsite
For more than 12 years the award-winning Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre has cared for and treated thousands of injured birds...
Wingspan - Birds of Prey TrustWebsite
From grassroots beginnings in the 1980’s and the founding of the Wingspan Charitable Trust in 1992, Wingspan is now recognised as New Zealand’s leading conservation, education and research organisation for birds of prey....
Yellow-eyed Penguin TrustWebsite
The Yellow-eyed Penguin, or hoiho as it was known to Maori, is a rather remarkable bird. Please take some time to discover this wonderful but threatened Penguin.
Massey - NZhttp://inr.massey.ac.nz/
To advance knowledge of biophysical systems and understanding of their management, to enable sustainable production and conservation of natural resources...
Aroha Island Ecological CentreWebsite
A peaceful and tranquil place to visit and stay. A place aimed at encouraging awareness and wise use of the environment. A place where the Brown Kiwi live and where the emphasis is placed on its protection and preservation.
Farewell Spit is the longest natural sandbar in the world. Maori people named the spit Onetahua, meaning heaped up sand - the long sandbar stretches out 35km from the very tip of the South Island of New Zealand
Gannet Colony - Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes BayWebsite
The Cape Kidnapper Gannet Reserve is rare in ornithological circles as it contains the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. By this very rarity, many visitors from both within New Zealand and from overseas, have been drawn to Hawke's Bay to visit the reserve and experience for themselves the gannets in their natural environment.
Gannet Colony - MuriwaiInformation
Muriwai is one of Auckland's so-called West Coast beaches, with good fishing, strong winds and rough waves. These conditions attract not only the gannets...
Imagine a secret valley only three kilometres from the City: 252 steep-sided hectares, clothed in a regenerating native hardwood forest. The forest teems with life: skinks, geckos and native frogs abound, but most noticeable of all is the bird life. Like the forests of old, this forest rings with the songs of species once lost to Wellington.
Kiwi & Birdlife Park - QueenstownWebsite
Set in 8 acres of beautifully landscaped native bush the Kiwi & Birdlife Park in the centre of Queenstown is a truly magical place to visit. Discover the nocturnal world of the Kiwi at home amongst the tree ferns. Follow the trail to aviaries nestling amongst the bush where birdsong mongles with the soft sound of the flowing streams...
Kuaotunu Kiwi Sanctuary & other ReservesInformation
The long-term prospects for the Peninsula without predator control intervention are not good. Numbers would be expected to decline until inevitable extinction. On the other hand, survival prospects are much improved with the Society's implementation of its sanctuary plan.
The steep-sided and seemingly flat-topped Mana Island is a distinctive feature of Wellington's west coast. Recently cleared of mice it is predator free and has had wetland restored, native bush planted and the re-introduction of native invertebrates, reptiles and more recently, brown teal, takahe and shore plover...
Miranda Shorebird CentreWebsite
The Miranda Shorebird Centre is located in New Zealand on the Firth of Thames, one hour south east of Auckland and half an hour west of the Coromandel Peninsula. The Miranda coast is a world-renowned destination for birdwatchers. Thousands of wading birds from the Arctic tundra, along with similar numbers of New Zealand breeding shorebirds gather at Miranda each year. The Miranda Shorebird Centre is both a lodge as well as an information/education centre. It features extensive displays and dioramas on the natural history of Miranda and its international significance.
Mt. Bruce National Wildlife CentreWebsite
Conservation hope for New Zealand's threatened and unique forest parrot, the kaka, has soared following a breeding success at the Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. The kaka reintroduction programme at Mount Bruce has exceeded conservation expectations with at least two kaka pairs nesting and raising chicks a year before expected said conservation officer Doug Mende.
Nga Manu Nature ReserveWebsite
Nga Manu Nature Reserve offers you a unique opportunity to have a hands on experience related to the natural history of New Zealand. We hope that by visiting the Reserve you will gain an understanding of the ecosystems by using examples of plants and animals that can be observed within the different habitats that make up the Reserves ecosystems...
Oamaru Blue Penguine ColonyWebsite
The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is situated in the former Oamaru harbour quarry. Once worked to provide rock for the construction of the Oamaru harbour, the quarry was turned over to the penguins in 1992, however the penguins have been present in small numbers since the early 1980s... this site has a webvcam too...
Royal Albatross Centre - Taiaroa HeadWebsite
The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Peninsula, is the only mainland breeding colony of albatross in the world...
Tiri Tiri MatangiInformation
For anyone passing through Auckland wanting to do some birdwatching but with limited time to spare, then Tiritiri Matangi Island is the place to go. Located 30 kilometres (20 miles) north east of central Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, the island lies 4km off the coast of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula...
Tiritiri Matangi IslandWebsite
Located 30km north east of central Auckland and just 4km from the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Tiritiri Matangi Island is one of New Zealand's most important and exciting conservation projects. 120 years of farming saw this 220-hectare island stripped of 94% of its native bush but between 1984 and 1994, volunteers planted between 250,000 and 300,000 trees. The island is now 60% forested. The remaining 40% will be left as grassland for species such as the Takahe.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve ChristchurchWebsite
View New Zealand Kiwi & other native birds & animals up close at our wildlife park near Christchurch Airport, open daily. Nocturnal kiwi bird viewing in an open and natural enclosure. Guided tours available. Willowbank is actively involved in the breeding and conservation of a variety of Kiwi and other endangered species...
2000 [November] - Helen BainesReport
In October and November of 2000 we visited New Zealand to see friends and bird as much of the country as we could in two weeks. We began our trip in the Auckland area, then flew down to Queenstown in South Island, hiring a car and driving back up the west coast to catch the ferry back to Wellington, where we spent our last few days.
2002 [November] - Philip MaherReport
More a list of dates and species...
2003 [April] Tim Barnard - Tolaga Bay PelagicReport
For a time it was touch and go whether we were going to get out at all. A deepening low was moving up the east coast from the south and expected off Tolaga at about midday on Sunday bringing with it some strong winds and sloppy seas. The morning broke with clear skies and light winds so at 8.20 we set off down the river and out into the relative calm of Tolaga Bay. Small flocks of red-billed gulls and black-backed gulls sat around the mouth of the estuary as we passed through light surf. Unfortunately the calm seas weren`t to stay with us for long and we soon hit some interesting swells...
2003 [July] Ian Saville - Wanganui PelagicReport
Brent and I (and a few others) were lucky enough to accompany Richard Norman from Massey Vet School out to sea off Wanganui this morning, to release a white-capped albatross which had been brought in 2 weeks ago with a dodgy eye. The Albatross release seemed to go well enough - about 20 miles off Wanganui, in a calm sea with virtually no wind...
2003 [November] - Brent Stephenson & Sav Saville - MirandaReport
On the late afternoon/early evening of the 5th we spent most time overlooking the Stilt Ponds from beside the road, at high tide on the Wed evening. Most of the godwit and knot flock came to roost on the ponds and we have fantastic light and viewing conditions. Four sharp-tailed sands had been reported for the area, but we managed to count 8 in total, some still sporting lovely traces of breeding plumage...
2003 [November] - Brent Stephenson & Sav Saville - Whitianga pelagicReport
We headed out in a fairly straight line from Whitianga Harbour, out past Ohinau Island towards the 100m mark...
2003 [November] Sav Saville & Brent Stephenson - Manawatu EstuaryReport
I made a quick lunch-time visit to the Manawatu Estuary today, and found Roger Slack and Lindsay Davies just setting up their scopes at the sandspit. Lindsay quickly located a whimbrel (didn`t see it fly, so don`t know what subspecies) but it might be a different bird to that seen previously - last seen on 12 October 2003.
2004 [February] - Sav Saville - Hauraki GulfReport
The trip was organised solely to look for NEW ZEALAND STORM-PETREL (NZSP), with any other birds looked upon as a bonus. Brett took us straight out to a point north of Little Barrier, virtually ignoring (at our behest) 3 Arctic Skuas, several Buller`s and Flesh-footed Shearwaters, 50+ Cook`s Petrels, a Short-tailed Shearwater and many White-faced Storm-petrels...
2004 [January] - Brent Stephenson - Hauraki GulfReport
On 18 January 2004 we headed out from Sandspit (near Warkworth), into the Hauraki Gulf onboard the Assassin. Brent had organised a trip with 8 birders and two TV3 crew, as well as Skipper Brett Rathe. New Zealand storm-petrels had been seen on several trips into the Gulf, since the amazing trip during which Bob Flood and Bryan Thomas made the second sighting of this bird...
2004 [June] - Sav Saville - South Island TourReport
...We went to look at the recently reported Black Kite site near Blenheim without success, but were only able to spend about 45 mins there before running for the ferry. There were several Harriers in the area and it look a pretty likely sort of spot. Anyone wanting full directions can ask me direct...
2004 [May] - Brent Stephenson - Tolaga Bay PelagicReport
We left the Tolaga Bay beach at 0820 and headed straight out. On the way out we saw fluttering and Buller`s shearwaters, and a bit further the out the first grey-faced petrels were seen. Not long after that several common diving-petrels and sooty and flesh-footed shearwaters were seen. We stopped and anchored about 15 kilometres offshore...
2004 [November] - Tim Barnard - Hick`s Bay Ranfurly Banks PelagicReport
This was the fourth attempt by Tim Barnard and Steve Wood to do a pelagic out of Hick`s Bay, with weather stopping all previous attempts. For once, it fell rightfor us and we found what we had suspected, an area rich in oceanic birdlife...
2004 [October] - Brent Stephenson & Sav Saville - Tolaga Bay PelagicReport
The trip to the sea from the boat-ramp saw us off to a good start with NZ dotterel, banded dotterel and variable oystercatcher at the rivermouth. We chummed at two primary locations. Birds on the sea were the expected mix of summer and winter species, with the most notable occurrences being the large number of wandering albatross (at least 8 birds) with most appearing to be Antipodean birds...
2004 [October] - Nigel KendallReport
2005 [December] - Georges OliosoReport
Searching for the endemic birds of New Zealand...
2005 [December] - Ray WilsonReport
If you are planning on visiting New Zealand and want to see as much of the endemic wildlife as possible, I would recommend spending at least a month on your tour. The distances involved and the slow, twisty nature of the roads means that a large amount of your time will be spent driving between places. I had tried to plan as efficient a route as possible, but still ended up driving about 7000km in my circumnavigation of both islands. Despite the often rushed nature of my tour, I still managed to see all bar one of the endemic landbirds, including 4 species of Kiwi, and most of the numerous seabirds that are present in New Zealand waters in early summer. I even managed to get decent photographs of most of them...
2005 [May] - Colin ReidReport
...Tiritiri Matangi – island in the Haruki Gulf off Auckland. Fuller’s ferry provides daily transport ($45 return from Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula north of the city.) The ferry leaves from Auckland itself and stops off at Gulf Harbour to and fro. The island has been replanted by a group of volunteers (not all birders) and most of the North Island endemics have been re-introduced to the pest free island. Purists may prefer to seek these species elsewhere on the mainland as most of the birds are ringed and relatively tame, but for travelling birders this may be the only opportunity, realistically, of seeing any of these endemics...
2006 [March] - Steve & Ann NewmanReport
New Zealand’s birds are a strange mixture of endemics, seabirds, and introductions. The balance of nature has been badly upset by the arrival of man (especially Europeans) and the animals and plants he has brought with him...
2006 [October] - David ShackelfordReport
...The secretive Fernbird eventually gave its position away from dense scrub and parasitic Long-tailed Cuckoos called raucously from the forest interior. From the pinnacle of a stilted tower in the heart of the tropical forest canopy we watched spectacular large parrots locally called the Kaka feeding from the moss-laden branches and bromeliads while below us the almost imperceptible calls of the diminutive Rifleman were drowned into the orchestra of forest sounds...
2007 [April] - Duan BiggsReport
This was my first trip to New Zealand, and I decided to focus on South Island only. The objectives of the trip were to find as many of the endemics and specials as possible whilst enjoying the incredible scenery that South Island has to offer...
2007 [January] - Greg BakerReport
This report covers a four week holiday in New Zealand leaving the UK on December 8th 2006 and returning on January 8th 2007. The holiday was not wholly birding related and my wife and I also found time for some horse riding, white-water rafting, jet-boating and walking in the mountains. Rather than provide details on all the birds seen, this report is intended to provide an update on already published material related to finding endemic and other scarce bird species on the main islands...
2007 [June] - Douglas FutuymaReport
Our birding tour occurred early in the New Zealand winter because it preceded a conference on evolutionary biology in Christchurch. Doug and Bob are faculty members in this field, at Stony Brook University [New York] and the University of Florida, respectively; both are avid birders. Lynne, who works in urban and regional planning, is a very patient, understanding nonbirder, and a salutary civilizing influence...
2008 [December] - Rosemary RoyleReport
In 2008 we (my husband Peter and myself) spent about 8 weeks in New Zealand – roughly 15 days in North Island, 20 days in South Island, 4 days on Stewart Island and an 11 day cruise to the Sub-Antarctic Islands. This balance seemed about right for a leisurely bird-watching trip with some sight-seeing thrown in and gave us enough flexibility to cope with changes in plan and inclement weather...
2009 [December] - Mark FinnReport
This was our first full birding tour of New Zealand including North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands. It was an outstanding success recording 167 species including 72 endemic birds and 42 seabirds including terns and cormorants. The vast majority of the accessible key species were seen with the only miss being Okarito Kiwi which was down to weather conditions. The highlights were many and scattered throughout the trip with the Southern Brown Kiwi experience on Stewart Island and the squabbling Chatham Albatross off the Pyramid Rock coming to mind...
2009 [November] - Chris Gaskins & Guy DutsonReport
The 2009 Birdquest tour to New Zealand will best be remembered for fantastic views of kiwis, seabirds and the endemic forest birds. Most of New Zealand has intensive agriculture and much of the native forest has little value for birds unless introduced predators are actively controlled...
2010 [February] - Brent StephensonReport
We did a Hauraki Gulf trip with a group on 10 Feb with Brett Rathe on “Norma Jean”. Probably the most NZ storm-petrels I’ve ever seen on a day trip with an estimated 25-30+ individuals. At our first chumming location to the west of Little Barrier a NZSP was almost the first bird to arrive before the chum was even in the water, and we then had at least two more come in over the next hour or so...
2010 [November] - Nigel RedmanReport
A total of 148 species included all four endemic families (kiwis, New Zealand wrens, wattlebirds and the family newly created for the Stitchbird), no fewer than 69 regional endemics and an impressive 29 species of tubenoses (including eight species of albatrosses, seven shearwaters, three pterodromas, three Procellaria petrels and two storm petrels)...
2012 [December] - South Island - Stephen BurchReport
Unlike some of my recent trips, this was 100% holiday, with no business component at all! With only three weeks available, we decided to concentrate entirely on South Island, as it had the best scenery and probably the best selection of birds. Perhaps we will return to visit North Island one day....
2012 [January] - Scott BowersReport
Comprehensive sites, and bird photos...
Bren & Ruth McCartney - Quality not quantityReport
Ruth has two sisters in New Zealand so we had been before, along with our young sons, for family get-togethers. This time we were there on our own for a month and determined to get stuck into birding, once we had spent the compulsory couple of days with relatives. The outward trip had been via Los Angeles where two days visiting Bolsa Chica, Oak Canyon and Huntington Central Park had produced 52 lifers and truly whetted our appetites...
Glen Holland - Codfish Island New ZealandReport
...Project Leader, Ron Moorhouse, is currently studying the success of predator control around kaka nest sites in relation to fledging success and required the females to boost his mainland study population of 5 breeding pairs and numerous spare males...
Akaroa Harbour CruisesBoat Trips
Some of the wildlife you will see on the cruise include: Sea Birds usually seen: Little Blue Penguin, Spotted Shag, Black Back Gull, Red Bill Gull, White Fronted Tern. Often seen: Great Cormorant, Little Black Shag, White Throated Little Black Shag, Pied Little Black Shag. Birds sometimes seen: Gannet, Fluttering Shearwater, Hutton`s Shearwater, Northern Giant Petrel, Cape Pigeon, Yellow Eyed Penguin, Mollymawk.
Aurora Charters - Stewart IslandCharter
Local birders willing to show visiting birders their area...
Catlins Wildlife TrackersGuide
We live in The Catlins, New Zealand, and run in-depth natural history and wildlife ecotours and offer accommodation options. We also offer both guided and unguided overnight walks on private tracks and creative workshops and conservation work opportunities. Our ecotourism tours emphasise rare wildlife viewing and nature education...
Dunedin Marine ChartersPelagic
Some nice photos of birds which could be seen if you organise a pelagic charter with this company.
Eco Tours Milford SoundTour Operator
Welcome to Eco Tours Milford Sound - an amazing journey that will take you into spectacular Fiordland National Park, a boutique Milford Sound Boat Cruise and an experience of a lifetime...
Elm Wildlife ToursTour Operator
Elm Wildlife Tours is based in Dunedin and offers Nature and Wildlife Tours of the South-eastern Coast of New Zealand. Our tours guide visitors to some of the most spectacular wildlife spots in the area including our private conservation areas, where close-up viewing of some of the World's rarest wildlife is achieved...
Farewell Spit Eco-toursTour Operator
Welcome to Farewell Spit Eco Tours - Tour Operators to the world famous Farewell Spit. Gannet Colony, Wader Watch, Cape Farewell and many other eco tours in Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand.
French Pass Sea SafarisBoat Trips
Welcome to the ultimate nature adventure. Wild and naturally beautiful French Pass and d'Urville Island are the jewel in the crown of the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Rich in wildlife and steeped in history, the area inspires all who visit. A spectacular and breathtaking drive or scenic flight will bring you to our door...
Gannet Safari has been guiding visitors over Summerlee to the gannets for over 30 years. The only way of being driven right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds - there is NO WALKING. The coach traverses riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breathtaking inclines. There is a stop on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke's Bay right to Mahia Peninsula. The amazing geology of the area can also be taken in. The 3 hour trip includes a commentary by the tour guide on the farming operation on Summerlee and an introduction to the gannets...
Ocean Wings is situated in Kaikoura, New Zealand, famous for whales and Dolphins and argubly one of the world's most exciting arenas for pelagic (ocean going) birds. Within close proximity of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, range a considerable array of albatross, petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls. Peter Langlands, an authority on Kaikoura's seabirds, writes Kaikoura has one of the largest number of different types of seabirds within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastline.
Kapiti Island Nature ToursTour Operator
Your best chance to encounter Little Spotted Kiwi in the wild, and other endangered native birds like Takahe, Kaka, Weka, Tieke (Saddleback), Kereru, Kokako, Hihi, and Toutouwai | Genuine Maori hospitality | Native forest | Overnight Kiwi spotting tours | Guided nature walks | Conservation | Bird watching | Maori culture and storytelling | Accommodation and meals in our Kapiti Nature Lodge | Life-long nature-inspired experiences to treasure...
Kapiti ToursTour Operator
Guided walks on Guided walks on Kapiti Island (1 hour easy and relaxed bushwalks) allow our guides to really make the Island Come Alive. Let our guides educate and entertain you with the story of Kapiti Island Nature Reserve....one of New Zealand`s premier conservation treasures.]
Kiwi Wildlife ToursTour Operator
Birds are our business! We know what they look like and sound like, and of course where to find them. Come with us in a small group and we will show you the secrets of New Zealand`s unique birds, bats and marine mammals. At the same time, you will see some of the most wild and beautiful places on earth. And in comfort and style! Our tours are an opportunity to learn about our native fauna, especially for wildlife enthusiasts or people with little knowledge who would like to learn. We teach natural history skills, photography and sound recording. Tours are particularly suited to people already involved in bird watching in their own countries but who would like to travel outside their area of knowledge with a group of like-minded people.
Mik’s Eco ToursTour Operator
With a lifetime interest in Birdlife, Mik Peryer has an extensive knowledge of the local birdlife in the Waikane Area. Now retired, Mik offers the opportunity for you to get up close and personal with the wild birdlife of the Waikane Estuary…
Monarch Wildlife CruisesBoat Trips
m.v. Monarch cruises to Taiaroa Head at the entrance to Dunedin's harbour, where nine species of seabirds and New Zealand Fur Seals breed. Taiaroa is the only place on earth where the Royal Albatross, the world's largest seabird, nest on a mainland but only from Monarch can all the habitats be seen.
Myths & Legends Eco-ToursTour Operator
Come and enjoy the sights, the bird song and the amazing bio-diversity that the Sounds has to offer - the Dolphins, seals, fish, birds, and beautiful podacarp forests...
Nature Quest New ZealandTour Operator
We are specialists in custom designed & private guided birdwatching trips for individuals and couples tailored to your specific requirements and interests. Self drive consultancy for birding trips, custom group tours & ground agency services for overseas birding/nature tour companies and conservation societies...
Nature Travel SpecialistsTour Operator
Nature Travel Specialists believes that travel is most enjoyable when it expands the horizons of both visitor and visited, when both give and receive from each other. With this in mind we design itineraries that enable our travelers to explore the natural areas of the world, in the company of English-speaking local tour guides who know their country and region intimately...
New Zealand Land and Pelagic TripsTour Operator
I am a Kiwi by birth and inclination, and, as an excuse to get back home and to show New Zealand and its birds to others, I run a birding tour to New Zealand in November of alternating years. I charge enough to cover costs; making money on these tours is not my priority. I like to keep the group to 8-10 in size. We stay at quality accommodations and the food is outstanding; the trips have been described more than once as culinary tours of New Zealand with some birding thrown in, or as eating our way around New Zealand. But seriously, the quality of New Zealand restaurant food and wines is outstanding these days. The tours are not physically strenuous, but we do keep moving, and so you must be reasonably active and in fairly good shape.
Ohiwa Harbour Toursmailto:Boat Trips
Fully-dedicated pelagic bird-watching cruises through some of the richest known areas for seabirds in the world...
Ruggedy RangeTour Operator
Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience is a small ecotourism business based on Stewart Island, in New Zealand`s deep south. We specialise in eco-friendly guided nature walks/tramps, kiwi spotting trips and bird watching trips on Stewart Island, Ulva Island and Rakiura National Park. We will soon be introducing guided sea kayaking options, further information will be shown on this website as details are finalised...
We can offer birders a variety of charters to suit interests, budgets and time, Please feel free to contact us as we are happy to discuss your birding visit to Stewart Island or the smaller islands such s Ulva Island which is now mammal free and home to an increasing population of threatened forest species relocated from other places. We can assist with all local details including transport, accommodation, places to visit and also Kiwi watching as well as pelagics offering two, or possibly three species of penguin plus petrels, shearwaters, prions and albatrosses.
Tussock & Beech EcotoursTour Operator
Our guided nature tours provide an unforgettable experience of a clean, green, pure New Zealand landscape. They enter three different conservation areas in a remote and beautiful part of Canterbury, New Zealand. See nature at its best...
Ulva's Guided WalksGuide
What better introduction to Rakiura (Stewart Island) could you wish for than a guided walk with a direct descendant of the first peoples of this beautiful Island?
White Heron ToursTour Operator
The Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve is a sanctuary to most of the bird life that you will see in the South West Heritage Area. The pristine rainforest, predominantly Kahikatea, stands tall, and shos off it`s untouched beauty. During the summer months, the majestic Kotuku (White Heron) can be viewed, in all it`s pluming glory as it nests in the swamp forests on the banks of the Waitangi Roto Stream. The Kotuku Ngutu Papa (Royal Spoonbill) and the Kawapaka (Little Black Shag) also take advantage of this prime spot to rear their young...
Wrybill Birding ToursTour Operator
Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ started out as a couple of birding mates, deciding that there was a gaping hole in the bird-guiding market in New Zealand. What was need was a group that was really keen, knew their New Zealand birds and birding sites inside out, and was based in New Zealand, with access to up to date information on the New Zealand birding scene.
Bushy Point FernbirdsAccommodation
Bushy Point Fernbirds offers the most reliable views of South Island fernbird Megalurus punctatus in New Zealand and in a unique habitat. Only 5 minute walk from car. This private reserve is minutes from Invercargill. Jenny and Ian Gamble`s residence is on site and they have B&B accommodation available. The reserve is 13 acres of forest, with progression to jointed rush meadows, and the New River Estuary. This is the ideal place to stay overnight before or after a trip to Stewart Island Fiordland or the Catlins coast...
Kakapo Cottage - Stewart IslandAccommodation
Fabulous views of Half Moon Bay and native forest reserve. 5 minutes walk to Oban town centre and main attractions. 5 minutes walk to Golden Bay and the water taxi to Ulva Island - the only place in the world you can view the rare Kakapo parrot and many other rare native flora and fauna. Many native birds coming right up to the house and close by in Native Forest. Wake up to the sea glistening in the bay and the birds singing. Views from master bedroom, lounge, bunk room and sunny deck. Stewart Island is home to our newest national park...
Matua Gardens Retreat - Robinsons Bay, Akaroa HarbourAccommodation
Private, romantic, luxury accommodation overlooking the bay and harbour. Matua Gardens Retreat offers personalised packages for only one couple or single at a time. Sue & Richard Lovett offer a warm welcome and invite you to indulge all your senses in this haven from everyday life. We are happy to join you for a chat or leave you to relax in your own way. It's all about our guests. Opened in 2006 after renovation of the historic sawmiller's cottage, Matua Gardens Retreat is furnished to reflect the heritage and environment while providing a high level of comfort and indulgence. Nature meets nurture. Luxury in a naturally beautiful setting...
St Arnaud House - Nelson LakesAccommodation
Native NZ birds such as the Tui & Bellbird sing throughout the beech forest; stay still in one spot for a while and watch for the friendly South Island Robin. Guests have St. Arnaud House to themselves as we live in the small classic kiwi bach (cottage) which is adjacent to the main house. Our focus is providing a friendly, relaxed and flexible high level of service to our guests...
Stewart Island LodgeAccommodation
An unspoiled Island retreat nestled in the natural beauty of a bush setting in Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island Lodge has unsurpassed views of the bay and surrounding hills. The large garden is host to many native birds, including native parrots, and many birds can be viewed right from our terrace.
Te Kauri Birding LodgeAccommodation
Te Kauri Birding Lodge caters for up to 2 couples at the home of Karen Baird and Chris Gaskin, operators of Kiwi Wildlife Tours NZ. Te Kauri is located 45 minutes north of Auckland, and three kilometres along a quiet ridge top road off State Highway One. We are within easy travelling of all Auckland and northern New Zealand`s top birding locations, the ideal introduction to your New Zealand bird-watching holiday. The lodge is set into a large block of regenerating kauri forest...
Te Mata Lodge - ThamesAccommodation
Located in the beautiful Te Mata region just 20 minutes north of Thames, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand ... Te Mata Lodge is the perfect base for exploring all that the Coromandel Peninsula has to offer...
Vista del SolAccommodation
Vista del Sol is a 15 acre property set on thirty thousand year old sand dunes enjoying 360 degree views of an unspoiled panorama 1 km from the beach. The property faces west to the Coast over wetland bush valleys, ancient sand dunes and magnificent sunsets, South-West to Kapiti Island, North over rolling farmland and North-East to the Tararua Mountain Ranges...
Wilderness Lodge - Lake Moeraki & Arthur`s PassAccommodation
Set in the tranquil South Pacific, away from the world`s trouble spots, are New Zealand`s only two Wilderness Lodges. They are located in the most wild and natural parts of the South Island; at Lake Moeraki in the rainforest and the Tasman sea coast, and at Arthur`s Pass in the heart of the Southern Alps.
Birding NZMailing List
To post to list:BIRDING-NZ@yahoogroups.com
To subscribe to list:BIRDING-NZfirstname.lastname@example.org
Discussion Group Sightings etc. of NZ birds.
Forum about New Zealand birds, for New Zealand birders. The discussion forum is free and easy to join, allowing anyone with an interest in NZ birds—resident scientists, international twitchers, and everyone in between—to find and share information. A key goal of the site is to allow people to quickly and easily distribute details about rare bird observations, so that others may also have a chance to see something special. To help achieve this goal, registered members can easily subscribe to receive an email alert of posts made to the Bird Sightings and Alerts forum...
B1RDER: The birding blog of Brent StephensonBlog
I'm based in New Zealand, but spend a lot of time travelling, birding, and taking photographs. I co-own and run Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ and also run Eco-Vista: Photography & Research…
Diary of a blackbird called crumb – an Auckland, NZ resident…
Forest & Bird WeblogBlog
Whakatane Artist Mandy Hague shares experiences of NZ birds & wildlife through her Paintings and Photographs...
The Black Robin ProjectBlog
Rangatira Island is a great place to research some of New Zealand’s native songbirds – black robins, Chatham Island warblers and Chatham Island tomtits. The black robins are the best studied of this group. Once upon a time they were the rarest birds in the world, with a small population restricted to Little Mangere Island, a tiny rock not far from here...
Archipelago (Hiking Org. of NZ) Bird PageWebsite
Currently (June 2002) being re-jigged.
A new site which lists birders totals for NZ...
Birds of Christchurch and CanterburyWebsite
This site is dedicated to the wildlife of Christchurch and Canterbury. The intention of the site is to raise public awareness and enjoyment by sharing knowledge. updates of the latest sightings for birds and other wildlife…
Brown Teal Recovery ProgrammeWebsite
Promoting the recovery of the endangered Brown Teal...
Extinct Birds of New ZealandWebsite
The list is broken down into three sections: Species that became extinct before people were in New Zealand. Species that became extinct after Polynesians arrived in New Zealand - before Europeans. Recent extinctions - since Europeans have been in New Zealand.
The ancient, flightless Kakapo is the world`s rarest and strangest parrot. It the only flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up to 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs). The birds live in New Zealand, an island country which had virtually no mammals living on it for millions of years. It was a place inhabited by birds and reptiles. The only types of mammal were two species of bats. The Kakapo did not learn the defense mechanisms to combat or escape mammalian predators. This made the parrot very vulnerable when new animals started showing up.
Kids for BirdsWebsite
This website is for all children. On it you can learn about new zealand birds, read stories about birds and print out pictures to colour. There are also pages for your art and stories...
A new search for a native bird that has been missing in action for more than 30 years is to get under way in October. If successful, the Kokako 2000 campaign will confirm the continued existence of the South Island kokako, a forest bird that has not been officially recorded since the 1960s. The search for the South Island kokako will be led by nationally-recognised wildlife ecologist Rhys Buckingham, and is being jointly funded by Nelson mail-order company, Maruia Nature Catalogue, and environmental lobby group, Ecologic Foundation.
This is the place to find out all you could possibly want to know about New Zealand's giant extinct bird. Half of these pages are an introduction to the moa, and include pictures, a bibliography, and the famous top ten list. If you want more depth, visit the moa science section for the latest on publications and research.
Native Species ConservationWebsite
New Zealand's plants and animals have developed during 80 million years of isolation. These islands, fragments from the supercontinent of Gondwana, have witnessed the evolution of species so distinctive that scientists have described New Zealand as the closest one can get to studying life on another planet...
Nature and CoWebsite
Natureandco.com specializes in New Zealand`s nature. Our online directory supplies, among other things, information about the New Zealand native birds and there is plenty of information about where to see birds in New Zealand, including maps. Our New Zealand Nature Store presents a comprehensive collection of books about NZ birds (fieldguides and otherwise); as well as a variety of quality sound recordings, videos and posters/ wallcharts.
New Zealand Birding DirectoryWebsite
New Zealand was a land of birds. A remote Island, which became an experiment in bird evolution. Birds evolved to fill niches that on other lands were filled by mammals. Moa were the equivalent of giraffes and millions of takahe grazed like sheep. Lack of mammalian competition and predation resulted in birds becoming large and flightless. Although New Zealand has changed significantly since humans arrived through loss of habitat and introduction of mammals, there are still many opportunities to experience New Zealand`s unique wildlife.
New Zealand Birding SitesWebsite
This page contains a list of sites where endemic or difficult to see birds can be found. It is aimed at people planning a birdwatching trip to New Zealand.
New Zealand BirdsWebsite
This is a good place to start looking for links to other NZ sites with an eye to the birds. It also has rather nice gallery of NZ bird illustrations.
New Zealand SeabirdsWebsite
New Zealand is the seabird centre of the world. Because of its extensive coastline and many inshore and offshore islands, as well as its well developed logistics, it is possible for the interested observer to see more seabirds here than in any other country. Three-quarters of the world`s albatrosses, penguins, petrels and half the shearwaters and shags are to be found here along with numerous representatives of a number of other groups and, in addition, a good proportion of these can be viewed without going far offshore...
Some bird song tapes etc.
Penguins in New ZealandWebsite
Blue penguins are found right around the coast of New Zealand and southern Australia, but none closer to human activity than in Oamaru, New Zealand. The birds nest right around the harbour area and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony offers a unique opportunity for you to observe the world`s smallest penguin arriving home from their day at sea and returning to their nests.
Seabirds of New ZealandWebsite
Welcome to the Seafriends home page for saving New Zealand seas, learning about our oceans and seeing what can be found when diving. Enjoy the underwater photos of our shores. You can help us with our marine conservation and discovery projects.
Spatial patterns of New Zealand bird diversityWebsite
Measurements of land-bird diversity were calculated from distribution maps in The Atlas of Bird Distribution in New Zealand (P.C. Bull, P.D. Gaze, and C.J.R. Robertson, 1985. Wellington: Ornithological Society of New Zealand); the most geographically comprehensive survey of New Zealand birds. The presence/absence grid maps (1,614 10,000 yard grid squares for North Island and 2,061 for South Island) for almost 150 bird taxa are based on field observations by 800 naturalists from 1969-79. Details of the original mapping scheme are described in the atlas.
Gallery - Birds of New ZealandGallery
Images of NZ birds…
Gallery - Birds of New ZealandGallery
Show casing some of the birds in New Zealand. Locations have been: 1. Mt Bruce reserve, about 30km north of Masterton has bush walks, nature reserve, and is dedicated to the preservation of some of New Zealand’s endangered species…
Gallery - New Zealand BirdsGallery
Images & Sounds of NZ birds...
Gallery - New Zealand Birds' Store & Gift ShopGallery
Everything birdy in the arts & crafts line...
Photograph - Graeme RobertsonGallery
...a gallery which contains images from New Zealand of albatross and other seabirds...
Photographer - Brent StephensonGallery
As well as having an intense enthusiasm for birding and birds, I have had a love for photography since taking my first bird pics at about the age of 8 with my Mum`s old point and shoot 35mm Kodak...
Photographer - Glen Webber - New Zealand Birding & Nature PhotographyGallery
New Zealand Natural history photography gallery focusing on birding…
Photographer - Jason ElsworthGallery
I am a freelance photographer living in New Zealand and specialising in photographing and writing about New Zealand natural history, landscape and outdoor pursuits. Currently I am focusing my efforts almost exclusively on photographing New Zealand birds. My aim is to create images which go far beyond being merely record shots, and show the viewer just how beautiful New Zealand birds are...
Photographer - Mike DazenbakerGallery
Nice pictures of some of NZ`s excellent birds from this US photographer...
Photographer - Neil FitzgeraldGallery
My photographs have been used in books, presentations, websites and magazines including New Zealand Geographic. I hope the images I capture are able to convey some of the beauty in nature, in even the least likely of subjects, and ultimately instill in the viewer a greater appreciation of the need to conserve what we can of our environment...
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