Trip Report: New Zealand, November 6-25, 2000

Neil Money, Heathfield House, Dunnet, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland KW14 8XP;


This was my wife Diana's and my first visit to New Zealand, so the objective was not only to find birds but also to see something of the country and its culture. There were occasions when birding took second place to other considerations, and as a result we undoubtedly missed some birding opportunities and did not see as many species as would have been possible had we dedicated the time available solely to birding. But then, it is always good to have missed a few species to be able to justify a return visit!

Travel Agents, Flights and Boats

All pre-booked travel, car hire and accommodation for this trip were arranged over the Internet.


Inverness to Luton: easyJet through their website at

London Heathrow to Auckland (via Los Angeles) and Auckland to Christchurch: Air New Zealand booked through Expedia UK through their website at

Bus Transfers

Luton to Heathrow: National Express through their website at


We pre-booked some hotel accommodation through Choice Hotels through their website at

Car Hire, Ferries and Stewart Island Accommodation

For ferries to Stewart Island and between Picton and Wellington, for car hire from Budget and for accommodation on Stewart Island we used the services of a Christchurch based travel agent, Michael Nees Travel NZ Ltd through their website at Our special thanks go to Sabine Kane who could not have been more helpful and gave us excellent service.

Pelagic Trips

I pre-booked the pelagic trip out of Kaikoura through Oceanwings through their website at, E-mail:

The trip through Queen Charlotte Sound for Rough-faced Shag was booked through Dolphin Watch Marlborough at PO Box 197 Picton. Telephone: 03 573 7906, Fax: 03 573 8040. E-mail: Website:

Accommodation and Food and Car Storage

City/Place NameAddress Phone/FaxWeb/E-mail
Christchurch Airport Plaza Hotel Corner Memorial Avenue and Orchard Road Telephone: 03 358 3139
Fax: 03 358 3029
Kaikoura Panorama Motel 266 Esplanade Telephone: 03 319 5053
Fax: 03 319 6605
Fairlie Aorangi Motel 26 Denmark Street Telephone/Fax: 03 685 8340
The Old Library Café 6 Allandale Road Telephone/Fax: 03 685 8999  
Twizel Colonial Motel 36-38 Mackenzie Drive Telephone: 03 435 0100
Fax: 03 435 0499
Corner Café Market Place Telephone: 03 435 0501  
Dunedin Southern Cross Hotel 118 High Street Telephone: 03 477 0752
Fax: 03 477 5776
Abalone Restaurant & Bar Corner George and Hanover Streets Telephone: 03 477 6777  
Bluff Foveaux Hotel Main Street Telephone: 03 212 7196
Fax: 03 212 7197
Campbelltown Car Storage 14 Gregory Street Telephone: 03 212 7404  
Stewart Island Stewart Island Lodge PO Box 5 Halfmoon Bay Telephone/Fax: 03 219 1085
Haast World Heritage Hotel   Telephone: 03 750 0828
Fax: 03 750 0827
Greymouth Gables Motor Lodge 84 High Street Telephone: 03-768-9991
Fax: 03 768 9992
Reservations Freephone: 0800 809 991
Café Collage 115 Mackay Street Telephone: 03 768 5497  
Picton Marlin Motel PO Box 107
33 Devon Street
Telephone: 03 573 6784
Fax: 03 573 6987
Americano Restaurant 32 High Street Telephone: 03 573 7040  
Taupo Baywater Motor Inn 126 Lake Terrace Telephone: 07 378 9933
Fax: 7 378 9940
The Bach 2 Pataka Road Telephone: 07 378 7856  
Miranda Miranda Shorebird Centre R. D. 1
Pokeno, South Auckland
Telephone/Fax: 09 232 2781 E-mail:
Auckland Gateway Motel Kirkbride Road    

Books, Maps and References


Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand Heather & Robertson Oxford University Press
The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Birds Moon Reed Books
Field Guide to New Zealand Seabirds Parkinson New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd
Birdwatching in New Zealand Burfield Private publication
Where to Watch Birds in Australasia & Oceania Wheatley Christopher Helm
The Rough Guide to New Zealand Harper, Mudd & Whitfield The Rough Guides
New Zealand Insight Guide APA Publications

Internet Trip Reports

New Zealand 10-27 November 1999 Jon Hornbuckle
New Zealand 4-24 November 1999 Neva Pruess
New Zealand 7-30 November 1996 Richard J. Fairbank


North Island New Zealand 1:1 000 000 Hema Maps NZ Ltd
North Island New Zealand 1:1 000 000 Wises Maps
South Island New Zealand 1:1 000 000 Hema Maps NZ Ltd
South Island New Zealand 1:1 250 000 Dept of Survey & Land Information


6th November - Auckland to Christchurch

A dismal arrival at Auckland - predawn darkness and rain. After completing the formalities we transferred to an internal flight to Christchurch. As we flew south the weather improved, and we had superb views of the snow capped Southern Alps and the Kaikoura Ranges.

On arriving at Christchurch we checked into the Flag Airport Plaza Hotel and after a good breakfast caught up with lost sleep.

In the afternoon I drove over to the eastern end of Lake Ellesmere, and in the early evening we walked through the Botanical Gardens before dining well at the Brogues restaurant in the centre of town.

7th November - Bank'S Peninsula

Overnight rain started to clear up while we breakfasted, and the rest of the day was fine. We spent the day on the Bank's Peninsula, and during the afternoon I took the harbour cruise, which in addition to White-flippered Little Penguin gave close up views of Hector's Dolphin.

8th November - Christchurch to Kaikoura

Again we woke to a showery morning but the rain gave way soon after breakfast to another fine day.

The only way that we could work a visit to Kaikoura into our agenda was by making an overnight visit and then returning south, so we set off north on State Highway 1. After a coffee break at Cheviot we stopped of at St Anne's Lagoon just north of the town were we found our first Shinning Bronze-Cuckoo. Further north a damp field near the bridge crossing the Chilly Stream held Double-banded Dotterel and Black-fronted Terns.

In the evening off Kaikoura there was a passage north of hundreds of Hutton's Shearwaters with a few other seabird species.

We checked into the Panorama Motel and dined on an excellent supper of blue cod and chips with a bottle of good South Island wine.

9th November - Kaikoura to Fairlie

A superb cloudless morning. A photographer from Auckland and I were the only morning bookings on the Ocean Wings pelagic out of Kaikoura, so we arranged for an extended trip leaving early and returning mid morning. A spectacular trip with wonderful seabirds against the backdrop of the snow covered Kaikoura ranges.

During the afternoon we headed south on State Highway 1, stopping at St Anne's Lagoon again, through Christchurch to overnight at the Aorangi Motel in Fairlie on the edge of the Mackenzie Country. We had another excellent dinner, this time at the Old Library Café Bar in Fairlie.

10th November - Fairlie to Twizel

Another superb clear day. We drove up to the Mackenzie Country first taking the side road along the west bank of Lake Tekapo as far as the bridge over the Cass River, in an unsuccessful search for Black Stilt, and then returning to Tekapo village for coffee and cakes at the Observatory Café in the company of a small flock of Black-billed Gulls.

From Tekapo we headed for the southern end of Lake Pukaki and then north along the road following the west bank of the lake to Mount Cook Resort, enjoying spectacular views of Mount Cook and snow capped mountains on the way. The braided river system at the mouth of the Tasman River is extensive, and we were unable to find any Black Stilts.

Returning south through Twizel just south of the town we took the road east past the hydro-electric stations to the north end of Lake Benmore where we at last found a single Black Stilt.

At Twizel we checked into the Colonial Motel and ate at the excellent Corner Cafe.

11th November - Twizel to Dunedin

Yet another beautiful sunny day! After a short drive along the canal road at the end of Glen Lyon Road to the small Lake Poaka in search of Black Stilts we joined the organised and informative visit to the Black Stilt Captive Breading Centre. Then on for a picnic lunch and a successful search for Wrybill on the Ahuriri River north of Omarama.

The rest of the day was spent driving down to Dunedin where we had pre-booked accommodation at the Southern Cross Hotel in the centre of the city. Dinner at the Abalone Restaurant was one of the best of the whole trip.

12th November - Otago Peninsula

The whole day spent on the Otago Peninsula including a visit to the Penguin Place for close up views of Yellow-eyed Penguin. The Royal Albatross Reserve was closed to visitors because egg laying had not been completed, and DOC were concerned by possible detrimental effects of visitor disturbance. However, close flight views of Royal Albatross were seen plus some distant views of three birds on the ground.

Dined at the hotel to be joined in the restaurant by an American tour group who where piped in to dinner by a piper in full Highland dress - home from home 12,000 miles away!

13th November - Dunedin

A deliberately low key day as far as birding was concerned. Morning visit to the south of Dunedin to the Sinclair Wetlands for a successful search for Fernbird. Then back north through Dunedin on SH1 to the Moeraki Boulders with some birding in Trotter's Gorge and at Shag point.

Dined on some of the best fish and chips I have tasted anywhere from a take away near Dunedin University.

14th November - Dunedin to Bluff

Our first bad break with the weather. We left Dunedin in dry but overcast weather to travel through the Catlins to Bluff. Our first stop was at Nugget Point, and by the time we left the rain had set in, and it continued until we left the Catlins making unfeasible any search for passerines in the extensive native forests of the area.

A visit to Waituna Lagoon east of Bluff looking for shorebirds drew a complete blank.

Accommodation in Bluff is limited, and we checked into the Foveaux Hotel. We dined at the Drunken Sailor restaurant at Stirling Point which has large windows overlooking the Foveaux Straight. During the meal we saw our only Brown Skua on the trip.

15th November - Bluff to Stewart Island

We crossed to Stewart Island by the morning crossing of the Foveaux Express, a fast catamaran which in bouncy conditions is not conducive to identifying distant sea birds. Of the three identifiable mollymawks, one was a New Zealand White-capped, one a Northern Buller's and one a Shy of unidentified type. The only other species were 20+ Common Diving Petrels, one Hall's Giant Petrel and six Sooty Shearwaters.

After checking into the Stewart Island Lodge, where we were to spend the next two nights, we completed a couple of the shorter walks around Oban which produced Kaka and Red-crowned Parakeet and good views of the commoner endemics.

In the evening we joined one of Phillip Smith's Kiwi spotting trips to Ocean Beach and had good views of three Brown Kiwis and from the boat 24 Little Penguins.

16th November - Stewart Island

Heavy overnight showers were starting to die out as we waited at Golden Beach for the water taxi to take us over to Ulva Island.

By crossing early we had the island to ourselves as it was some time before other boats arrived. The main species seen were 11 delightfully tame and inquisitive Wekas, 2 Yellow-crowned Parakeets, 11 Pipipi and 5 Kakas. Tui and New Zealand Bellbirds were abundant. Failed to find Saddleback.

17th November - Stewart Island to Haast

Made the early morning crossing to the mainland, this time on the smaller catamaran the Southern Express. Sea conditions were calmer than two days before and sea bird identification much easier. Of the six Mollymawks seen two were identified as Northern Buller's and two as New Zealand White-capped. Other species of interest were two Cape Petrels, 50+ Common Diving Petrels and one Hall's Giant Petrel.

The early morning brightness at Stewart Island gave way to rain by the time we had reached Invercargill, but it did not persist, and for the most of the day we had sunny, if breezy, conditions. To give us time to spend two nights in Picton before crossing to the North Island we decided that we had to reach Haast on the west coast by nightfall. This meant that a detour to the Homer Tunnel to look for Rock Wren was out of the question, and we had to decide whether to stop on the way to look for Yellowhead and Rifleman or to push on and leave time for an evening visit to Monros Beach for Fiordland Crested Penguin. The Penguin won!

After a day of driving through stunning scenery we reached Haast and checked into the World Heritage Hotel, which was a mistake. The rooms were below acceptable standard, and the food and service mediocre.

After dinner I drove the thirty or so kilometres to the head of the trail to Monros Beach and made the thirty-five minute walk down to the beach through magnificent natural forest. Hundreds of Sooty Shearwaters were flying south off the beach with one or two unidentified mollymawks. After a fifteen minute wait, at 20.15, a single Fiordland Crested Penguin left the sea, waddled up the beach and disappeared into the rocks.

18th November - Haast to Greymouth

We woke to a bright sunny morning with cloudless blue skies but a stiff southwest wind. On the road north we stopped off to enjoy the forest at Monros Beach and then drove on to Fox Glacier where we were entertained in the car park by a Kea and had good views of a singing Shinning Bronze-Cuckoo.

After a brief detour to view the Franz Josef Glacier we visited the DOC centre in the village, and on leaving we were lucky to see two New Zealand Falcons flying through the trees behind the centre.

By the time we turned off the Highway to the Okarito Lagoon the wind had strengthened and it was becoming overcast. We had distant unsatisfactory views of two Great Egrets and watched a Caspian Tern fishing.

Arriving in Greymouth we checked in to the Gables Motel and dined at the Cafe Collage, relieved after the Haast experience to find that both the accommodation and food were back to the high standard we had come to expect in New Zealand.

The day ended bizarrely when a very polite young police officer interpreted my careful and admittedly hesitant driving through dark unfamiliar streets as a sign of drunkenness, and he breathalysed me. As I am always careful about drinking and driving, particularly in a foreign country, the test was negative, but it was an experience I could have done without.

19th November - Greymouth to Picton

Heavy overnight rain showers cleared away to give a bright sunny day. A birding-free day driving through spectacular scenery from Greymouth to Picton. Checked into the Marlin Motel and ate an excellent take away supper of blue cod and chips washed down with a bottle of Montana sauvignon blanc.

20th November - Picton

Another fine sunny day but becoming cloudier as the day progressed.

We spent the morning in Picton including a visit to the Te Awhina Kaha Marae, a very beautiful Maori meeting house,

In the afternoon I joined one of the Queen Charlotte Sound dolphin spotting trips run by Les and Zoe Battersby through Dolphin Watch. Although primarily designed to view dolphins, Les willing responded to my request to find the rare Rough-faced Shags and provided close views of eight birds. The trip included a visit to Motuara Island where we had good views of Saddleback and New Zealand Robin. Other birds of note on the trip were Fluttering Shearwater and Australasian Gannet. The Dusky Dolphins performed well.

In the evening dined we at the Americano Restaurant.

21st November - Picton to Taupo

Crossed from Picton to Wellington on the Interislander ferry. A beautiful run up through the Marlborough Sounds but although we had some interesting seabirds, including Fairy Prion, the number were not great. Dusky Dolphins were in evidence.

With time running out we decided to drive as far north as we could, and by making no birding detours we reached Taupo in time to check into a motel and make for The Bach where our experience of excellent of excellent food and wine was continued.

22nd November - Taupo to Miranda

An overcast morning, and our main objective to reach Miranda for the late afternoon high tide.

On the way to Rotorua we stopped off at the Thermal Wonderland at Wai-O-Tapu in time to see the Lady Knox Geyser perform and spent an interesting morning walking round the site. By the time we left after an early lunch the rain that had been threatening came on and we headed north for Miranda, reaching there late afternoon in time to catch the shorebird high tide roost. A single female Red-breasted Dotterel was well seen from the hide.

We had arranged to stay at the visitor centre and ate more excellent fish and chips from a take away at nearby Kaiaua.

23rd November - Miranda to Auckland

A bad day!

A successful pre-breakfast walk produced thousands of waders at the high tide roost including a male Red-breasted Dotterel. After breakfast we packed up the car and decided to revisit the wader pools before heading north for Auckland. We parked the car by the side of the road where it was in full view at all times and set off for the pools. Then somebody drove up to the car, leapt out, smashed one of the windows and stole two small bags and some clothing while we watched helplessly some eight hundred yards away. Most of the rest of the day was spent reporting to the police, getting the car changing and trying to persuade the airline to reissue tickets which had been stolen. It was not until the evening after we had checked into the Gateway Hotel near Auckland airport that we did any more birding.

24th November - Auckland

A restricted day because of the need to a make two visits to the airline office about replacement tickets. In the morning we drove north of Auckland to view the Australian Gannet colony at Muriwai Beach. The afternoon was spent visiting the Museum in central Auckland.

25th November - Auckland

Our last day. In the morning we visited the Ambury Regional Park and the Mangere Sewage Works. As we had arrived after hours on the Friday night, and today was Saturday the office was closed during our stay and we were unable to obtain a permit. As large notices prohibiting public access protected extensive building works being undertaken we had to restrict our viewing to the public causeway, and the only species of note seen was Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Spotted Dove.

In the afternoon we visited the Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve on the Tamaki River.

Species List

All dates refer to November 2000

  1. Stewart lsland Brown Kiwi - Apteryx australis lawryi
    3 Ocean Beach 15th

  2. Australasian Crested Grebe - Podiceps critatus australis
    5 Lake Ellesmere 6th

  3. Fiordland Crested Penguin - Eudyptes pachyrhynchus
    1 Monro's Beach 17th

  4. Yellow-eyed Penguin - Megadyptes antipodes
    10 Penguin Place, Otago Peninsula 12th

  5. Little Penguin - Eudyptula minor
    1 Otago Peninsula 12th; 24 Stewart Island 15th
    White-flippered Little Penguin - Eudyptula minor albosignata
    I Akaroa Harbour 7th

  6. Wandering Albatross - Diomedea exulans
    Antipodian Albatross - Diomedea exulans antipodensis
    30+ Kaikoura pelagic 9th
    Gibson's Albatross - Diomedea exulans gibsoni
    3 Kaikoura pelagic 9th

  7. Royal Albatross - Diomedea epomophora
    Northern Royal Albatross - Diomedea epomophora sandfordi
    1 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 4 Taiaroa Head 12th

  8. Black-browed Albatross - Diomedea melanophrys
    Subantartic Black-browed Mollymawk - Diomedea melanophrys melanophrys
    1 Kaikoura pelagic 9th

  9. Shy Albatross - Thalassarche cauta
    1 unspecified subspecies Foveaux Strait 15th
    White-capped Mollymawk - Thalassarche cauta steadi
    1 off Kaikoura 8th; 10 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 1 Foveaux Strait 15th; 2 Foveaux Strait 17th
    Salvin's Mollymawk - Thalassarche cauta salvini
    4 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 2 Cook Strait 21st

  10. Buller's Albatross - Diomedea bulleri
    Northern Buller's Mollymawk - Diomedea bulleri platei
    1 Foveaux Strait 15th; 2 Foveaux Strait 17th

  11. Hall's Giant Petrel - Macronectes halli
    3 off Kaikoura 8th; 10 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 1 Foveaux Strait 15th; 1 Foveaux Strait 17th

  12. Cape Petrel - Daption capense
    40+ Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 2 Foveaux Strait 17th

  13. Great-winged Petrel - Pterodroma macroptera gouldi
    1 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 2 Cook Strait 21st

  14. Fairy Prion - Pachyptila turtur
    9 Cook Strait 21st

  15. White-chinned Petrel - Procellaria aequinoctialis aequinoctialis
    4 Kaikoura pelagic 9th

  16. Westland Petrel - Procellaria westlandica
    40 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 200+ Cook Strait 21st

  17. Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus
    10 flying south Kaikoura 8th; 4 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 4 Nugget Point 14th; 6 Foveaux Strait 15th; 30 Foveaux Strait 17th; 100's flying south Monroe's Beach 17th

  18. Short-tailed Shearwater - Puffinus tenuirostris
    2 Kaikoura pelagic 9th

  19. Fluttering Shearwater - Puffinus gavia
    100+ Queen Charlotte Sound 20th; 10 Cook Strait 21st

  20. Hutton's Shearwater - Puffinus huttoni
    100's flying north evening Kaikoura 8th; 1 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 10 Nugget Point 14th; 1 Cook Strait 21st

  21. Richdale's Common Diving-Petrel - Pelecanoides urinatrix urinatrix
    20 Foveaux Strait 15th; 50+ Foveaux Strait 17th

  22. Australian Gannet - Morus serrator
    1 Nugget Point 14th; 1 Bluff 14th; 5 Queen Charlotte Sound 20th; 1 Cook Strait 21st; 1000+ pairs at breeding colony Muriwai Beach 24th; 1 Tahuna-Torea 25th

  23. Little Pied Cormorant - Phalacrocorax melanoleucos brevirostris
    Fairly common in coastal localities with smaller numbers in fresh water habitats

  24. Pied Cormorant - Phalacrocorax varius varius
    1 Akaroa 7th; 30 Kaikoura pelagic 9th; 2 Lake Benmore 10th; 4 Queen Charlotte Sound 20th; 1 Manukua 25th; 1 Tahuna-Torea 25th

  25. Little Black Cormorant - Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
    1 Lake Taupo 21st

  26. Great Cormorant - Phalacrocrax carbo novaehollandiae
    4 Lake Ellesmere 6th; 40 Lake Ellesmere 7th; 1 Lake Tekapo 10th; 4 Lake Benmore 10th; 2 Taiaroa Head 12th; 1 Miranda 22nd

  27. Rough-faced Shag - Phalacrocorax carunculatus
    9 Queen Charlotte Sound 20th

  28. Bronze Shag - Phalacrocorax chalconotus
    100+ Taiaroa Head 12th; 85 Shag Point 13th; breeding Nugget point 14th; small numbers Stewart Island 15th/17th

  29. Spotted Shag - Phalacrocorax punctatus punctatus
    50+ Akaroa 7th; 50 Shag Point 13th; breeding Nugget Point 14th; 6 Queen Charlotte Sound 20th
    Blue Shag - Phalacrocorax punctatus steadi
    4 Stewart Island 15th; 1 Ulva Island 16th

  30. Black Swan - Cygnus atratus
    100s Lake Ellesmere 6th; 4 St Anne's Lagoon Cheviot 8th; 40 Lake Tekapo 10th; 100+ Otago Peninsula 12th; 2 Sinclair Wetlands 13th

  31. Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
    10 Lake Ellesmere 6th; 1 St Anne's Lagoon Cheviot 8th; 6 Lake Pukaki 10th; 2 Lake Benmore 10th

  32. Paradise Shelduck - Tadorna variegata
    Common and widespread usually in pairs but occasionally small parties

  33. Gray Teal - Anas gracilis
    6 Christchurch Botanical Gardens 6th; 5 St Anne's Lagoon Cheviot 8th; 3 Lake Tekapo 10th; 2 Lake Pukaki 10th; 4 lake Poaka Twizel 11th; 4 Sinclair Wetlands 13th; 12 Miranda 22nd

  34. Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
    Common and widespread

  35. Pacific Black Duck - Anas superciliosa
    5 Christchurch Botanical Gardens 6th; 1 Lake Tekapo 10th; 3 Tahuna-Torea 25th

  36. Australian Shoveler - Anas rhynchotis variegata
    100+ Lake Ellesmere 6th; 3 Lake Benmore 10th; 4 near Wai-O-Tapu 22nd

  37. New Zealand Scaup - Aythya novaeseelandiae
    Fairly common and widespread, usually in parties of up to 10 but occasionally up to 100

  38. White-faced Heron - Egretta novaehollandiae novaehollandiae
    Common and widespread

  39. Great Egret - Egretta alba
    2 Okarito Lagoon 18th

  40. Royal Spoonbill - Platalea regia
    2 Lake Ellesmere 6th; 33 Lake Ellesmere 6th; 2 Hooper's Inlet Otago Peninsula 12th; 1 Catlins 14th

  41. Swamp Harrier - Circus approximans
    Common and widespread

  42. New Zealand Falcon - Falco novaeseelandiae
    2 Franz Joseph Village 18th

  43. Common Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus
    1 Manukua 23rd

  44. Wild Turkey - Meleagris gallopavo
    2 Manukua 23rd

  45. Stewart Island Weka - Gallirallus australis scotti
    11 Ulva Island 16th

  46. Purple Swamphen - Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus
    Common and widespread often seen in fields out in the open

  47. Australian Coot - Fulca atra australis
    2 Lake Alexandrina, Lake Tekapo 10th; 6 near Wai-O-Tapu 22nd

  48. Asiatic Black-tailed Godwit - Limosa limosa melanuroides
    1 Miranda 23rd

  49. Bar-tailed Godwit - Limosa lapponica baueri
    1 Kaikoura 8th; 135 Hooper's Inlet Otago Peninsula 12th; 50 Catlins 14th; 5500 Miranda 22nd/23rd; 500 Manukua 25th; 50 Tahuna-Torea 25th

  50. Terek Sandpiper - Tringa terek
    2 Miranda 22nd/23rd

  51. Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
    2 Kaikoura 8th; 2 Miranda 23rd

  52. Red Knot - Calidris canutus rogersi
    4500 Miranda 22nd/23rd; 2000 Manukua 25th

  53. Red-necked Stint - Calidris ruficolis
    2 Miranda 23rd

  54. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Calidris acuminata
    4 Manukua 25th

  55. South Island Oystercatcher - Haematopus finschi
    Common and widespread

  56. Variable Oystercatcher - Haematopus unicolor
    1 Duvauchelle 7th; 21 Kaikoura 8th; 1 Half Moon Bay Stewart Island 15th; 4 Miranda 22nd

  57. White-headed Stilt - Himantopus leucocephalus
    Common and widespread in suitable habitat

  58. Black Stilt - Himantopus novaezelandiae
    1 Lake Benmore 10th

  59. Red-breasted Dotterel - Charadrius obscurus
    1 female on 22nd & 1 male on 23rd Miranda

  60. Double-banded Plover - Charadrius bicinctus
    10 Chilly Stream Bridge SH 1 8th; 4 Lake Benmore 10th; 20+ Ahuriri River Omarama 11th

  61. Wrybill - Anarhynchus frontalis
    2 Ahuriri River Omarama 11th; 8 Miranda 22nd; 20 Miranda 23rd

  62. Masked Lapwing - Vanellus miles
    Common and widespread

  63. Kelp Gull - Larus dominicanus dominicanus

  64. Red-billed Gull - Larus scopulinus scopulinus

  65. Black-billed Gull - Larus bulleri
    6 Duvauchelle 7th; 15 Lake Pukaki 10th; 3 Picton 20th; 35 Miranda 22nd

  66. Black-fronted Tern - Chlidonias albostriatus
    6 Chilly Stream Bridge SH 1 8th; 6 Lake Tekapo 10th; 4 Ahuriri River Omarama 11th; 2 between Greymouth & Picton 19th

  67. Caspian Tern - Sterna caspia
    Widely distributed in ones and twos in coastal locations

  68. White-fronted Tern - Sterna striata
    Common at coastal localities

  69. Antarctic Tern - Sterna vittata
    1 Bluff 14th - although generally not reported north of the Foveaux Strait a single bird feeding in a flock of 100 White-fronted Terns answered to the description of this species.

  70. Brown Skua - Catharacta lonnbergi
    1 Bluff 14th

  71. Rock/Feral Dove - Columba livia

  72. Spotted Dove - Streptopelia chinensis tigrina
    1 Manukua 23rd/24th

  73. New Zealand Pigeon - Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
    Widespread in ones and twos in suitable habitat. 20 in one flock Stewart Island 15th

  74. Kea - Nestor notabilis
    2 Fox Glazier 18th

  75. Common Kaka - Nestor meridionalis
    7 Stewart Island Lodge & 4 Fuchsia Walk Stewart Island 15th; 5 Ulva Island 16th; 2 Knight's Point 17th

  76. Red-fronted Parakeet - Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae novaezelandiae
    1 Stewart Island 15th

  77. Yellow-fronted Parakeet - Cyanoramphus auriceps auriceps
    2 Ulva Island 16th

  78. Shining Bronze-Cuckoo - Chrysococcyx lucidus lucidus
    1 St Anne's Lagoon Cheviot 8th; 1 singing Fox Glazier 18th; 1 Wai-O-Tapu 22nd

  79. Sacred Kingfisher - Todirhamphus sanctus
    1 Duvauchelle 7th; 1 St Anne's Lagoon Cheviot 8th; 1 Otago Peninsula 12th; 2 between Greymouth & Picton 19th; 1 Miranda 22nd; 6 Tahuna-Torea 25th

  80. Gray Gerygone - Gerygone igata
    2 Mount Cook Village 10th; 3 Wai-O-Tapu 22nd

  81. New Zealand Bellbird - Anthornis melanura melanura
    Widespread usually in small numbers

  82. Tui - Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae
    Very common Stewart Island 15th/17th; 1 Monroe's Beach 17th; 1 Tahuna-Torea 25th

  83. South Island Saddleback - Creadion carunculatus carunculatus
    2 Motuara Island Queen Charlotte Sound 20th

  84. South Island Tomtit - Petroica macrocephala macrocephala
    1 Stewart Island 15th; 4 Ulva Island 16th; 1 Munro's Beach 18th
    North Island Tomtit - Petroica macrocephala toito
    1 Wai-O-Tapu 22nd

  85. South Island New Zealand Robin - Petroica australis australis
    3 Motuara Island Queen Charlotte Sound 20th

  86. Pipipi - Mohoua novaeseelandiae
    4 Trotter's Gorge 13th; 11+ Ulva Island 16th; 2 between Greymouth & Picton 19th

  87. South Island Gray Fantail - Rhipidura fuliginosa fuliginosa
    1 Christchurch Botanical Gardens 6th; 2 St Anne's Lagoon Cheviot 8th; 1 Lake Pukaki 10th; 1 Sinclair Wetlands 13th; 1 Catlins 14th; pair at nest Stewart Island 15th; 1 Munro's Beach 17th; 2 Fox Glacier 18th

  88. White-backed Australasian Magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen hypoleuca
    Black-backed Australasian Magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen tibicen
    Both subspecies common and widespread

  89. Blackbird - Turdus merula

  90. Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos

  91. European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris

  92. Common Myna - Acridotheres tristis
    Common from Taupo northwards

  93. Welcome Swallow - Hirundo neoxena
    Common and widespread in small numbers

  94. Silver-eye - Zosterops lateralis lateralis
    Common and widespread in small numbers

  95. South Island Fernbird - Megalurus punctatus punctatus
    4 Sinclair Wetlands 13th

  96. Skylark - Alauda arvensis

  97. House Sparrow - Passer domesticus

  98. Australasian Pipit - Anthus novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae
    1 Wai-O-Tapu 22nd

  99. Dunnock - Prunella modularis
    Common in suitable habitat

  100. Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs

  101. Greenfinch - Carduelis chloris
    Fairly common

  102. Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis

  103. Redpoll - Carduelis flammea

  104. Yellowhammer - Emberiza citrinella
    Fairly common in suitable habitat

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This page served with permission of the author by Urs Geiser;; January 14, 2001; updated February 28, 2003