New Zealand Birds

Birds normally seen on our Wairau lagoon tour

Birds regularly seen on our Wairau lagoon tour

Birds occasionally seen in this area

Birding Watching in New Zealand

Driftwood Retreat and Eco-Tours offers the opportunity to stay at our comfortable retreat accommodation by our conservation wetland. Here you can take a kayak in the nearby Wairau Lagoons to get close enough to photograph some of the 93 New Zealand birds which have been identified here.

This area is a breeding site for the royal spoonbill and seasonal feeding ground for the bar-tailed godwit. Australasian bittern also live in a raupo swamp in this location and occasionally visit our wetland.

The tidal Opawa river adjacent to our accommodation is the fishing ground for the black fronted and other tern speices.

Will who has had an interest in bird photography since 2005, can guide you during the best tidal and light opportunities.

You can also take a private 4wd van tour anywhere in the top of the South Island to search for those harder to find species. We would be only too pleased to research out the best places to see the birds you are hoping to see and do our best to gain access where necessary.

Will is a member of New Zealand Forest and Bird and the local OSNZ.

To read more about how to see and photograph these birds see our tour page.

If you would like a guided bird tour by 4wd van in the top of the South Island, please contact us as this can be arranged to your specifications.

If you are looking for the best tours in New Zealand for birding click on this link to Birding NZ.

If you are wanting current information about New Zealand bird species click on these links to DOC birds A to Z and NZ birds online