Birds of the Wairarapa and where to see them
About this Guide

About this Guide

This guide to birdwatching localities in the Wairarapa is the result of the work, support and participation of local naturalists, Wairarapa businesses, nature photographers, and the publishing company Hopscotch Interactive.

Our people

Birdwatchers from all parts of the region and all walks of life have produced this guide. The information is the culmination of years of observations in the Wairarapa. Much of this information has been published in newsletters, articles, but never before has it been summarized in this way on the Web.

Particular mention goes to: Betty Watt (OSNZ Regional Representative), Colin Scadden, Tenick Dennison, and the members of the Wairarapa branch of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand.

About the Ornithological Society of New Zealand

The Ornithological Society of New Zealand (OSNZ) promotes the study and conservation of birds throughout New Zealand. The Wairarapa branch has 25 members who meet regularly, organize guest speakers, and run field trips to local birding localities. Members receive a local newsletter quarterly. In addition, members receive the official magazine of the Society, Notornis, and the national newsletter.

For more information on the Society, or to join, please contact the Wairarapa Regional Representative, Betty Watt by email at

Our writers

The locality checklists, individual bird accounts, locality descriptions and directions to each place, have been contributed by local OSNZ members. Special thanks also to Jenn Falconer for compiling maps for the localities from which it was possible to prepare diagrams.

Our Photographers

Local OSNZ members and members and friends from all over New Zealand have provided the wonderful photographs in this guide. In particular we thank:

  • Colin Cluny: Cattle Egret, Royal Spoonbill.
  • David Cornick: Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-billed Gull, Black-browed Mollymawk, Buller's Mollymawk, Cape Pigeon, New Zealand Dabchick, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Little Shag, New Zealand Pipit, Pukeko, Tomtit, Variable Oystercatcher, White-Fronted Tern, White Heron.
  • Mike Dennison: Mallard, Turnstone, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
  • Tenick Dennison: Banded Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel, Black-backed Gull, Black Shag, Blackbird, Caspian Tern, Eastern Rosella, Grey Warbler, Kingfisher, Pied Fantail, Pied Stilt, Red-billed Gull, Redpoll, Silvereye, Song Thrush, Starling,House Sparrow, Spotless Crake, Tui, Australian Magpie.
  • Jack Luttrell: Californian Quail.
  • Alejandro Lynch: Rock Pigeon.
  • David Medway: Black-fronted Tern, Reef Heron, Whitehead,
  • Ralph Powlesland: Fluttering Shearwater, Giant Petrel, Kaka, New Zealand Scaup.
  • Colin Scadden: Australasian Gannet, Buller's Mollymawk, Spur-winged Plover.
  • Roger Wasley: Bellbird, Bittern, Black Swan, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Australian Coot, Curlew Sandpiper, Eastern Curlew, Glossy Ibis, Pacific Golden Plover, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Grey Teal, Australasian Harrier, Lesser Knot, Little Black Shag, Blue Penguin, Morepork, New Zealand Pigeon, Paradise Shelduck, Red-crowned Parakeet, Rook, Royal Albatross, Shining Cuckoo, Australasian Shoveler, Skylark, Sooty Shearwater, Tui, Welcome Swallow, White-faced Heron, Wrybill, Yellowhammer.
  • Matthew Wong: New Zealand Falcon.

Our sponsors and supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the generous assistance of Hopascotch Interactive Inc.

About the publisher: Hopscotch Interactive

This guide was assembled and produced as a Web guide by Hopscotch Interactive Incorporated. Hopscotch helps nature organizations manage and publish nature information using new digital technologies.

For more information on the technology used to create these guides, please contact Hopscotch Interactive by email, or visit their Web site.

More Info

For more information about the content, how to sponsor the guide, or how to be included as a small business sponsor, please contact:

Tenick Dennison
129 Renall Street
Phone: 06 377 5200

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