Watching Some of The World's Most Unique Birdlife In New Zealand

Before humans arrived New Zealand was a world of birds and plants. Here you will find some of the world's most unique birdlife.

Muriwai Gannet Colony

Watching Some of The World's Most Unique Birdlife In New Zealand
From August to March each year you can watch the comings and goings of a busy gannet colony. It's hugely entertaining.
Muriwai's gannet colony is a one hour drive from the centre of Auckland. Next to the car park, a short walking track leads to a viewing platform right above the main colony area. Out to sea, the colony continues on two vertical-sided islands. About 1,200 pairs of gannets nest here from August to March each year.

Cape Kidnappers

Watching Some of The World's Most Unique Birdlife In New Zealand
Getting to Cape Kidnappers is half the fun. You can walk, ride on a tractor trailer or paddle a kayak.
Cape Kidnappers is an extraordinary sandstone headland to the east of Hastings in Hawke's Bay. It was named by Captain Cook after an attempt by local Mäori to abduct one of his crew.

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

Watching Some of The World's Most Unique Birdlife In New Zealand
Cheeky kaka, friendly takahe and giant eels will have you reaching for your camera. Mount Bruce promises you some extraordinary wildlife encounters.
The Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre is a captive-breeding sanctuary for some the country's most threatened birds. Located in a pocket of ancient forest 30 kilometres north of Masterton, Mount Bruce is a highly educational experience - but it's also great fun.

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

Watching Some of The World's Most Unique Birdlife In New Zealand
The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony offers a unique opportunity to observe the world's smallest penguin.
Blue penguins are found right around the coast of New Zealand and southern Australia, but none closer to human activity than in Oamaru. 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.

Stewart Island - Rakiura + Bird watching

Watching Some of The World's Most Unique Birdlife In New Zealand
Stewart Island is a bird watcher's paradise, teeming with many of New Zealand's native and endangered species - including the kiwi, which outnumber humans by 50 to 1.
Stewart Island is largely untouched by humans, providing an excellent habitat for native and endangered birds. The Stewart Island Brown Kiwi - or Tokoeka - is active during the day and night, with numbers estimated at 20,000. The Southern Sanctuary of the island offers a particularly unique kiwi-spotting experience; where you'll find the birds practically on your doorstep. The Stewart Island Brown Kiwi lives in forested areas and forages for food on the beach.

Subantarctic Islands

Watching Some of The World's Most Unique Birdlife In New Zealand
New Zealand's remote Subantarctic Islands are a region of wild landscapes, unique wildlife and forgotten beauty.
Located south of New Zealand in the remote Southern Ocean, the wild and beautiful Subantarctic Islands are a forgotten paradise. They are home to some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on earth, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world.

These remote islands have UNESCO World Heritage status and the highest protection of any nature reserves in New Zealand.

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