KERIKERI provides a unique opportunity to see a wide range of New Zealand birdlife.

From your base in Kerikeri you have numerous options for visiting forest locations and taking forest walks that range from an hour in duration to three days.
Click here for the sound of a KIWI
The bird life on display will vary with the option you select and also seasonally, but can include tui, silvereye, kingfisher, woodpidgeon, eastern rosella, grey warbler, fantail and may of the more common european introduced species.
Of special interest is the possibilty of seeing kiwi in their natural habitat. This possibility occurs at an island location near Kerikeri where ideal habitat and restrictive geography combine to improve the likelihood of encountering kiwi going about their nocturnal rounds.
If you want to extend the range of birdlife you see to wading species, open water marine species and some of New Zealand's rarer birds then we can arrange to see some or all of the following, depending on season and good fortune.
  • small colonies of white fronted terns, red billed gulls, black billed gulls and caspian terns nesting on off-shore rocks and islands.
  • pied shags nesting on foliage, clinging to inaccesible cliff locations.
  • pied oyster catchers and the rare NZ dotterel nesting on island beaches.
  • gannet, terns and shearwater in the outer waters of the Bay of Islands.
  • the relatively rare NZ brown teal
  • a NZ morepork on daylight perch.
  • little blue penguin
Your hosts at the Abilene Motel are uniquely able to provide this extensive exposure, to such a broad range of wildlife, through their long experience of the area and exclusive access to special habitats.

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