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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
  • kereru
  • long-tailed cuckoo
  • morepork
  • shining cuckoo
  • tūī
  • waxeye.

Atiu Creek

Atiu Creek's forest and scrubland is home to:

  • fantail
  • grey warblers
  • kereru
  • 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
  • kereru
  • 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
  • kereru
  • little shags
  • pied oyster catchers
  • shining cuckoo
  • tūī.

Muriwai

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

Omana Regional Park

Visit Omana 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
  • keruru
  • oyster catcher
  • tūī.

Shakespear Regional Park

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

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

Tapapakanga

Birds you can expect to see include:

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

Tawharanui Regional Park

Tawharanui Regional Park's open sanctuary includes:

  • bellbird
  • fantail
  • kaka
  • kiwi
  • morepork
  • North Island robin
  • pāteke
  • 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.

Waitakere Ranges

The Waitakere Ranges are home to a diverse range of birds such as:

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

Wenderholm

This park is a good spot for finding:

  • fantail
  • grey warbler
  • kereru
  • morepork
  • tūī.

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

Whakanewha

Birds spotted at this park include:

  • banded rail
  • black shags
  • blue reef heron
  • caspian tern
  • eastern bar tailed godwit
  • fantail
  • grey duck
  • grey warbler
  • harriers
  • kereru
  • 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.

Whakatiwai Regional Park

Whakatiwai Regional Park is characterised by a series of gravel ridges, which are unique not only in the Auckland region but also internationally significant.

The park includes a shelly sand foreshore, and is a haven for migratory birds.

Whatipū

This Scientific Reserve, owned by the Department of Conservation, is a spectacular area of coastal dunes and wetlands.