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The Bird Watching Club for World Travelers

New Zealand

You don't need to be an expert birder to contact a Pal.  Together you have love for nature, birds, new countries and learning.

These are serious birdwatchers willing to share their time to help you.  It is a privilege to contact them.  Your message should be respectful.

A Birding Pal does not charge a fee, however you should pay for their expenses, transportation costs, entrance fees, meals, etc.

Pals will answer your messages quickly, if they can.  You might select someone who is traveling, so write to more than one Pal, and be patient.  Let us know if someone doesn't answer and we'll check that everything is okay.

Let us know when you are going to meet a Pal, and then let us know how it went.

Happy birding.


H. Boorman


H. Boorman



Maps
AucklandAucklandNew Zealand


Available
Weekends

Languages
English


Note

I have recently moved from the UK and am still discovering NZ for myself to some extent. I am a early 30's international birder with a lift list of 1800 but now a NZ lister and also a volunteer guide on Tiri Tiri Martangi. I know a few local hotspots within a few hours drive of Auckland where I can help you find NIB Kiwi, NZ Dotterel and Wrybill and am also up for the odd weekender to look for some birds I haven't got round to seeing yet further afield. I share a car so can only drive on request.


Area
Mixed habitat

Area Birds
North Island Brown Kiwi, Wrybill, NZ Dotterel and Kaka


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobile Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swap Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino


D.C. Watson


D.C. Watson




Maps
WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand


Available
Weekend

Languages
English


Note

My wife and I live in Wellington and enjoy taking BirdingPals to the local birding hotspots in the Wellington area. I am familiar with the best birding areas in the lower North Island and happy to provide advice to visitors.


Area
Local hotspots include Zealandia in Wellington city, Pauatahanui harbour, and further afield to Waikanae and Foxton (Manawatu Estuary).

Area Birds
Zealandia has many of the rare native species including Saddleback, Stitchbird, Takahe, Kaka, Red-Crowned Parakeet, Robin, Whitehead. There are Fernbird at Pauatahanui and Waikanae and Wrybill at Foxton.


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking Travel: train, car, biking, long walk Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, outdoors, nature spot, lake Attend: concert, theatre, live music, sports event


N. Allen


N. Allen



Maps
ChristchurchCanterburyNew Zealand


Available
Weekend

Languages
English, Korean


Note

I came to the Christchurch area in 1997 from the UK, being interested in birds off and on (mostly on) since I was five. Was Canterbury regional rep of the Ornithological Society of NZ for 7 years from 1999 and currently edit that Society's quarterly magazine, Southern Bird. The recent arrival of my and my partner's (Hyeza) first child has slowed down travel and birdwatching, but prior to that I covered all the easily accessible corners of the South Island and Stewart Island, and good chunks of the North Island as well, birding as I went.

I class myself as a generalist amateur ornithologist/birder not concentrating on any particular group of birds or habitat, and enjoying both fieldwork (e.g. bird counts and atlas work) and just the birds themselves. I'd struggle to choose a favourite species, but Eastern Curlews are pretty neat birds and hearing a call that surely came from the supposedly extinct South Island Kokako a few years ago was a stop-in-the-tracks jaw-dropping experience that I'd like to repeat some time - preferably with a sighting and photo to go with it!

Birding in the Christchurch area affords a good mixture of shore, wetland and forest birds. The city is often bypassed by foreign birders, who perhaps lump it with the rather birdless and highly altered Canterbury Plains to the north and west. However, areas of the original swamp on which the city was founded are still present, or have been re-created, making possible very close views of species such as New Zealand Scaup, Grey Teal and Australasian Shoveler.

The estuarine eastern fringe has good numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, Pied and Variable Oystercatchers, shags/cormorants, Royal Spoonbills and gulls/terns. Nearby bush on Banks Peninsula rings to the songs of Bellbirds, the whooshing of New Zealand Pigeon wings, and Tomtits are making a comeback in places.

Further to the east around Akaroa these latter bush species can be seen in greater numbers, with the addition of Brown Creeper and Rifleman.

The huge wetland that is Lake Ellesmere is close by to the city with thousands of wildfowl, especially Black Swan and Grey Teal; large flocks of Banded Dotterels, Pied Stilts and Wrybills at certain times of the year; and records of many nationally rare waders (the first NZ records of Painted Snipe, Little Stint, Long-toed Stint and Stilt Sandpiper were from here).

Just over two hours to the west is Arthur's Pass National Park with its New Zealand Robins, Yellow-crowned Parakeets, Great Spotted Kiwis and an almost complete range of other forest birds, as well as Kea, Rock Wren and other alpine species.

Two and a half hours to the north is the seabird heaven of Kaikoura and a huge range of albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters.


Area


Area Birds


Interests
Nature in general, spectacular scenery, history, industrial archaeology, good (but not expensive) food and drink.


SChambers


SChambers



Maps
Cashmere, ChristchurchNew Zealand


Available


Languages


Note

Am semiretired academic and just a bird watcher. Not a professional birder.


Area


Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, swimming, beach, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant,vineyar d, monument, arboretum


R. Child


R. Child



Maps
AucklandAucklandNew Zealand


Available


Languages


Note

Retired, Many years birding in NZ. Tiri Tiri guide


Area
Coastal with wader roosts and sea birds. Little on the urban land area

Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, train, bus, car, sailing Visit: tourist sites


H. Rogers


H. Rogers



Maps
North IslandAucklandNew Zealand


Available
Anytime

Languages
English


Note

I'm a keen amatuer birder. Heritage conservator and trained teacher. I've belonged to Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalist Trust for the past 17 years and guide on Tirititi Matangi Island. I belong to the OSNZ (Birds New Zealand) and for the past two years have volunteered as OSNZ librarian.

I'm always learning new things about birds, am not a professional biologist, like birders and birding and going wild places.


Area
Auckland is an on an isthmus surrounded by sea. To the west the wild coastline of the Tasman sea and steep hills covered in sub-tropical rain forest.

To the east is the Hauraki Gulf and the Pacific ocean. Many islands pepper the gulf and I volunteer as a guide on one of these: Tiritiri Matangi. I


Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, long walk


K. leGrove


K. leGrove



Maps
AucklandNorth IslandNew Zealand


Available
Anytime

Languages
English


Note

Volunteer for shorebird monitoring and habitat maintenance.


Area
Estuarine habitat supporting migrant shorebirds.

Area Birds


Interests
: birdwatching


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N. Robertson


N. Robertson



Maps
Te AnauSouthlandNew Zealand

Available
Anytime

Languages
English


Note

Keen birder for 40 years in UK now based in South Island New Zealand since 2005. I am a professional nature guide with a major ecotourism company operating in Fiordland. I am based on the edge of Fiordland National Park the last stronghold of many NZ forest endemics and within 2 hours of a spectacular coastline home to a wide variety of shorebirds and seabirds.


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Area Birds


Interests