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5 Spots Where You’re Guaranteed To See New Zealand Native Birds

Sanctuaries are a great way to see New Zealand native birds in their safe space. It gives you a glimpse into what New Zealand’s forests could still be like. Here are five sanctuaries to explore.

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Four kilometres east of Auckland is the pest-free island of Tiritiri Matangi. You can book a deal where you catch the ferry from Auckland and get a guided tour. Once there, walk the tracks that are full of native birds such as takahē, kōkako and the North Island robin.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

This inland sanctuary is just a short 15 minute drive from Hamilton. It happens to be the biggest ecological restoration that’s now home to takahē, kiwi and the New Zealand kaka. There are multiple public walkways that offer a spectacular view of the native fauna. You can buy a one-day pass to explore on your own. Guided tours are available for booking online.

National Kiwi Hatchery

One of New Zealand’s most popular family outings, here you can experience kiwi hatchings and see our native bird up close and very personal.

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary

This 252-hectare project is home to New Zealand’s native owl – the ruru (morepork). Experience the ruru and kiwi when visiting at night time or visit during the day to see Tuatara and Weka.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Located 20km north of Dunedin, this ecological restoration is a magnificent 307 hectares. A nine-kilometre predator-proof fence means the South Island kaka, South Island robin and the southern brown kiwi are safe. Bookings for guided tours are essential but there is the option for self-guided walking as well.

Explore New Zealand’s native wildlife in their special sanctuaries and really see what New Zealand forests could be like.

Words Makayla Wallace-Tidd

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