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Where you can watch birds

Ambury Regional Park

Bird watchers have identified more than 86 species of birds at Ambury Regional Park.

Anawhata Regional Park

In the forests of Anawhata Regional Park you will find:

  • fantail
  • fern bird
  • grey warbler
  • kererū
  • long-tailed cuckoo
  • morepork
  • shining cuckoo
  • tūī
  • waxeye.

Ātiu Creek Regional Park

Ātiu Creek Regional Park's forest and scrubland is home to:

  • fantail
  • grey warblers
  • kererū
  • morepork
  • tūī.

The pasture, shoreline and salt marshes contain:

  • banded rails
  • fern birds
  • kingfishers
  • spur-winged plovers
  • white- faced herons.

The reservoir features:

  • black swans
  • brown teal (pāteke)
  • grey ducks
  • mallards
  • paradise shell ducks
  • NZ dabchicks.

Long Bay Regional Park

Head to Long Bay Regional Park to find birds such as:

  • fantail
  • kererū
  • kingfisher
  • oyster catchers
  • quail
  • rosella
  • tūī
  • white faced heron.

Mahurangi Regional Park

Mahurangi Regional Park is home to a number of native birds and sea birds, including:

  • blue penguin
  • blue reef heron
  • dotterels
  • grey warbler
  • kererū
  • little shags
  • pied oyster catchers
  • shining cuckoo
  • tūī.

Muriwai Regional Park

The gannet colony at the south end of Muriwai  Regional Park is worth a visit between October and February.

Track maintenance

We are improving Takapu Refuge Walk / Gannet Track.

During the maintenance period there will times when you will only be able to see the gannets from the lower viewing platform near the blow hole. You will need to walk on bare coastal rock and climb stairs to get to the platform.

Parking will be available at the end of Motutara Road.

Check signage at the park for full details.

Work is expected to be complete by early November 2019.

Ōmana Regional Park

Visit Ōmana Regional Park to see:

  • fantail
  • kingfishers
  • pied oyster catchers
  • shags
  • tiny grey warbler
  • tūī.

Scandrett Regional Park

Scandrett Regional Park is a great place to view shorebirds, with a resident population of:

  • dotterel
  • fantail
  • kerurū
  • oyster catcher
  • tūī.

Shakespear Regional Park

Shakespear Regional Park's open sanctuary contains many natives, including:

  • bellbirds
  • dotterel
  • goldfinches
  • kākāriki
  • kererū
  • oyster catchers
  • rosella
  • tūī
  • white faced herons.

Tāpapakanga Regional Park

Birds you can expect to see at Tāpapakanga Regional Park include:

  • black shag
  • fantail
  • kingfishers
  • kerurū
  • oyster catchers
  • pied shag
  • tūī
  • whiteface heron.

Tāwharanui Regional Park

Tāwharanui Regional Park's open sanctuary includes:

  • bellbird
  • fantail
  • kaka
  • kiwi
  • morepork
  • North Island robin
  • pāteke/brown teal
  • saddleback.

Waharau Regional Park

On the eastern side of the rugged Hunua Ranges, Waharau Regional Park extends from the range to the coast. 

Here you will find farmland, river banks and forest for bird watching, camping, picnics, walking and mountain biking.

Waitākere Ranges

The parks in the Waitākere Ranges are home to a diverse range of birds such as:

  • kerurū
  • kingfisher
  • morepork
  • pied tit
  • shining cuckoo
  • tūī.

Wenderholm Regional Park

Wenderholm Regional Park is a good spot for finding:

  • fantail
  • grey warbler
  • kererū
  • morepork
  • tūī.

Shorebirds such as oyster catchers and the rare dotterel also make their home in this park.

Whakanewha Regional Park

Birds spotted at Whakanewha Regional Park include:

  • banded rail
  • black shags
  • blue reef heron
  • caspian tern
  • eastern bar-tailed godwit
  • fantail
  • grey duck
  • grey warbler
  • harriers
  • kererū
  • kingfishers
  • little shags
  • morepork
  • NZ dotterel
  • paradise shelduck
  • pied oyster catchers
  • pied shags
  • pied stilt
  • red crowned parakeet
  • shining cuckoo
  • silvereye
  • spotless crake
  • spur-winger plover
  • tūī
  • variable oyster catcher
  • white-faced heron
  • white-fronted terns.

Whakatīwai Regional Park

Whakatīwai Regional Park has a shelly sand foreshore, and is a haven for migratory birds.