Bay of Plenty Region
Birdwatching

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Our most recommended Bay of Plenty Region Birdwatching

  • Rotorua: Local Birdwatching Full-day Tour

    1. Rotorua: Local Birdwatching Full-day Tour

    Depending on the wishes of the group, you will set off either to see shorebird or forest birds in their natural habitats.  The forest bird watching experience will take place in Whirinaki Forest, among tall 1000-year-old trees. Come face to face with rare and endangered New Zealand birds including the North Island parrot, yellow-crowned parakeet, North Island robin, New Zealand falcon, blue duck, long tailed cuckoo, wood pigeon and more.  If your group chooses the shorebird experience, you will head to different sites spread around the Bay of Plenty. You will see New Zealand dotterels, royal spoonbills, white-fronted terns, various cormorants, and many more.

  • From Tauranga: Half-Day Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise

    2. From Tauranga: Half-Day Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise

    Meet at the Tauranga waterfront jetty and board your vessel. Relax as you leave the city behind and spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca, and even turtles. Passenger numbers are limited for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. The large spacious boat is also ideal for families. The Captain and experienced crew will be more than happy to share their marine knowledge with you and will provide fascinating commentary and point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing. You can also enjoy a drink from the onboard bar as you relax and soak up the sun. Don’t forget your camera as you are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographers dream for those once in a lifetime snaps. You will return to Tauranga by 2:00, giving you the rest of the ...

    Es war einfach ein wunderbarer Tag! Sonne, das Meer war spiegelglatt, und schon kurz nachdem wir den Hafen verlassen hatten, begegneten wir Delfinen. Und zwar nicht nur zwei oder drei, sondern Dutzenden! Außerdem waren Skipper Brandon und seine Crew extrem nett und erklärten uns viel über das Leben der Delfine und anderer Meeressäuger sowie der Meeresvögel. Hat sich absolut gelohnt!

  • Moutohora (Whale) Island Sanctuary Tour from Whakatane

    3. Moutohora (Whale) Island Sanctuary Tour from Whakatane

    Departing from Whakatāne Wharf, the journey to Moutohorā is just a short 15-minute boat ride aboard a comfortable catamaran “The Moutohorā Cat”. Designed to be able to nestle right onto the shore, disembarking is as easy as walking down some stairs and stepping onto the beach. Once ashore, a fully-guided tour means you can learn about the island's unique flora and fauna and the conservation effort focused on Moutohorā for the past 50 years. Since becoming pest-free, bird life on Moutohorā has flourished and there is a chance to see a number of different species including saddleback/tieke, kakariki/red-crowned parakeet, little brown kiwi, bellbirds, tui, grey warbler; many of which are endangered or seldom seen on the New Zealand mainland. The walk includes a visit to the island's saddle (the dip between the two highest summits) for spectacular views out to White Island and a visit to S...

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