Trip Reports

New Zealand tour trip reports 

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen 
New Zealand 21-day tour31 Jan - 20 FebMatt150 speciesTour report
New Zealand 21-day tour7-27 FebruarySav156 speciesTour report

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen  
New Zealand 21-day tour1-21 FebruaryPhil165 speciesTour reportChecklist
New Zealand 21-day tour8-28 FebruaryBrent161 speciesTour reportChecklist
New Zealand 21-day tour24 Oct-13 NovSavTour report

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen  
New Zealand 21-day tour2-22 NovemberBrent172 species! New New Zealand record!Tour reportChecklist

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen  
New Zealand 21-day tour27 January - 16 FebruaryBrent159 speciesTour reportChecklist
New Zealand 21-day tour10-30 NovemberMatt150 speciesTour reportChecklist

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen 
New Zealand 21-day tour21 Jan to 10 FebPhil146 speciesTour report
New Zealand 21-day tour4-24 NovemberPhil155 speciesTour report & checklist

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen  
New Zealand 21-day tour4-24 NovmberBrent162 speciesTour reportChecklist

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen  
New Zealand 21-day tour25 October - 14 NovemberBrent168 species! Tying the NZ record!Tour reportChecklist
Pre-WPO Northern North Island tour12-19 AprilBrent111 species plus heard little-spotted kiwiTour reportChecklist
Short Southern South Island tour3-9 AprilBrent92 speciesTour reportChecklist

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen  
Full day Hawkes Bay tour2 JanuaryBrent65 speciesSpecies list
Half day Hawkes Bay tour18 FebruaryBrent58 species + 1 heardSpecies list
3-day Photographic tour in the Central/Southern North Island19-21 FebruaryBrent68 speciesSpecies list
New Zealand 21-day tour1-21 NovemberBrent161 species plus heard great-spotted kiwiTour reportChecklist
New Zealand 21-day tour21 Nov - 12 DecSav154 speciesTour report
Chatham Island tour15-19 DecemberSav60 species - inc MAGENTA PETREL!Tour report

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen  
Chatham Island tour operated for Birdwatching Breaks18-22 DecemberBrentSpecies list
New Zealand tour operated for Birdwatching Breaks29 November - 16 DecemberBrentSpecies listTrip report
Trip report for New Zealand tour operated for Ross Silcock/New Zealand Land & Pelagic Bird Tours18 FebruarySav165 - a new record!
New Zealand 21-day tour9 February - 1 MarchBrent154 speciesSpecies list
New Zealand 21-day tour12 January - 1 FebruaryBrent156 speciesSpecies list

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen 
New Zealand 21-day tour14 Jan - 3 FebSavc.160 sp.Tour report

Place/TripDatesTour run byNo. of species seen 
New Zealand 21-day tour11-31 JanuaryBrent156 speciesSpecies list

Pelagic and general birding trip reports

Many of the trip reports below have been taken from BIRDING-NZ. For more information about this newsgroup, please click here.

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Three Kings/Far North pelagic2-5 MarchSavTHE BEST Three Kings pelagic to date - Collared petrel (first record for NZ), Tahiti petrel, wedge-tailed shearwater, and sooty tern (photos)

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Three Kings/Far North pelagic1-4 AprilNigel MiliusCampbell albatross, Kermadec petrel, Pomarine skua, Bryde's whale (photos)
Hauraki Gulf and Whitianga pelagics and northern birding10-14 FebruaryBrentNZSP, Australasian little grebe, Pycroft's petrel (photos)

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Three Kings/Far North pelagic4-7 AprilSavSouth Polar skua, black (white-capped) noddy, Kermadec petrel (photos)

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Kaikoura pelagic1 JuneSteve Wood & Russell CanningsWhite-headed petrel, Antarctic fulmar, white-chinned petrel (white-chinned bird) (photos)
Three Kings pelagic5-8 AprilSavLong-tailed skua, South Polar skua, white-naped petrel, GOULD'S PETREL and other rarities (photos)

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Three Kings pelagic31 March - 3 AprilBrent & SavGOULD'S PETREL and other rarities (photos)

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Oceanwings pelagic3 NovemberBrentWandering albatross, Westland petrel, dusky dolphins (photos)
Hauraki Gulf pelagic25 OctoberBrentNZ storm-petrel, Australasian gannets diving (photos)
Far North pelagic30 September - 1 OctoberSavGrey petrel, white-chinned petrel, wandering albatrosses (photos)
Gisborne pelagic19 AugustBrentChatham alb, grey petrel, 9 taxa of albs! (photos)
NZ falcon observations8 JuneBrentNZ falcon (photos)
Milford Sound to Brisbane cruise27 February - 3 MarchBrentStejneger's, white-headed, Kermadec, and white-naped petrels amongst others (photos)
Auckland to Milford Sound cruise30 January - 8 FebruaryBrentSeabirds, falcon

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Napier 'mini' pelagic12 DecemberBrentBlack petrel
Milford Sound to Auckland cruise1-10 DecemberBrentSeabirds and intermediate egret
Whitianga pelagic24 NovemberRoger McNeillPycroft's petrel, black petrel
Napier pelagic19 NovemberColin MiskellyAlbatrosses, white-faced storm-petrel
Chatham Islands7-28 NovemberBrentTaiko, black robin, and other Chatham endemics (photos)

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Tolaga Bay pelagic4 DecemberSavLittle shearwater, black petrel, skuas
Hauraki Gulf pelagic13 NovemberSavNZ storm-petrel, Cook's petrel
Kermadec Islands1-14 NovemberBrentKermadec storm-petrel, Kermadec petrel, white-naped petrel, etc (photos)
Hick's Bay 'Ranfurly Banks' pelagic10 OctoberTim Barnard & BrentAlbatrosses, Wilson's storm-petrel
Tolaga Bay pelagic9 OctoberSav & BrentAlbatrosses and Antarctic fulmar
Napier pelagic10 JulyBrentBrown skua, prions
South Island Trip3-8 JuneSavBlack stilt, falcon, seabirds (photos)
Tolaga Bay pelagic2 MayBrentBrown skua, GREY PHALAROPE
Hauraki Gulf8 FebruarySavNew Zealand storm-petrel
Hauraki Gulf18 JanuaryBrentNew Zealand storm-petrel

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Tolaga Bay pelagic7 DecemberSavCook's petrel, grey-backed and white-faced storm-petrel, white-chinned petrel (photos)
Manawatu Estuary11-15 NovemberBrent & SavGreat knot, Asiatic whimbrel (photos)
Whitianga pelagic6 NovemberBrent & SavPycroft's and Cook's petrel, white-faced storm-petrel, short-tailed and sooty shearwater (photos)
Miranda5-6 NovemberBrent & SavMarsh, terek, and sharp-tailed sandpipers, NZ dotterel (photos)
Hawke's Bay - Manawatu"The Touring Wrybills" Twitchathon Team26-27 OctoberSav86 species in a 24 hour period, with no boats or island visits!!
Whitianga pelagic7 SeptemberBrentFluttering shearwater, Common diving petrel, Little shearwater, Humpback whale (photos)
Oceanwings pelagic, Kaikoura3 SeptemberBrentHutton's shearwater, Chatham albatross (photos)
Gisborne pelagic27 JulyTim Barnard & BrentThin-billed prion, Chatham albatross, other seabirds (photo)
Wanganui pelagic13 JuneSavWhite-capped albatross (photo)
Waikanae Estuary1 MayBrentBrown teal, little cormorant, etc (photos)
Tolaga Bay pelagic27 AprilTim BarnardBrown skua, South Polar skua, long-tailed skua, grey petrel, Wilson's storm-petrel (photos)
Tolaga Bay pelagic23 FebruaryTim BarnardLong-tailed skua and others (photos)
Porangahau Estuary21 FebruaryBrentSanderling (photos)
Manawatu Estuary19 FebruaryBrentWaders in breeding plumage! (photos)
Whitianga Pelagic25 JanuaryBrent & SavFlesh-footed shearwater, Pycroft's petrel, Unidentified storm-petrel (photos)
Manawatu Estuary20 JanuaryBrent & SavCommon tern, mixed waders (photos)
South Island trip3-13 JanuaryBrentKea, Fiordland-crested penguin, Yellowhead (photos)

Place/TripDatesAuthorBirds of interest
Oceanwings pelagic, Kaikoura and Lake Grassmere2 December 2002BrentNorth royal alb, cape petrel (subsp. capense), red-necked phalarope (photos)
Oceanwings pelagic, Kaikoura29 NovemberSavChinstrap penguin (photos)
Waikanae Estuary26 NovemberBrentRoyal spoonbill, brown teal (photos)
Manawatu Estuary23 NovemberSavManawatu Estuary Trust "Welcome to the Birds" -Mixed waders, inc Eastern curlew (photos)
Dunedin/Hokitika 'twitch'5-7 JulyBrentFranklin's gull (missed), Pacific heron, glossy ibis
Oceanwings pelagic, Kaikoura3 JuneBrentMisc. seabirds, black petrel, albatrosses
Westport pelagic2 JuneBrentMisc. seabirds, white-headed petrel
Hokitika and West Coast30 May - 3 JuneBrentGreat-crested grebe, New Zealand falcon
Foxton Beach27-29 MayBrent & SavSoft-plumaged petrel and other seabirds
Auckland area24-26 MayBrentKookaburra and sanderling
Manawatu Estuary11 MaySavChestnut teal (photos)
Mercer9 & 11 MayDavid LawrieBlack kite (photos)
Cook Strait Ferry and Oceanwings pelagic20-27 AprilSavVarious seabirds
Foxton Beach31 MarchSavPhoenix petrel
Tapora and Miranda23 & 24 MarchBrentMongolian dotterel and other waders (photos)
Whitianga pelagic17 MarchBrentPycroft's and black petrel (photos)
Volkner Rocks/White Island9 MarchBrentGrey ternlet (photos)