Located only an hour from Auckland the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is an excellent stop to escape the city and have a look at some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife. With nearly half of the population of the endemic Wrybill found at Pūkorokoro Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by.

Visit the Shorebird Centre and find out what birds are around, stay with us for a weekend escape from the bustle of the city or join us for one of our regular events.


Sunday 28th October, 11am : Welcome to the Birds

On Sunday 28 October we celebrate the return of our migrants with a “Welcome to the Birds” event. John Tregidga, Mayor of Hauraki District, will talk at 11am of his involvement with the Hauraki Gulf Forum. This background article was published in Pūkorokoro Miranda News earlier this year – The Sad State of the Hauraki Gulf
The tide is good for birding in the morning from about 8.30am before the talk. Everyone is welcome and there will be folk with scopes at the hides to help newcomers spot the birds. Our summer shore guide will take up her duties on this day too.


Where do our Pacific Golden Plovers go?PGP mystery tour

Join us this summer as we start a new project to find out where our 4th most common Arctic migrant, the Pacific Golden Plover, go when they leave us in Autumn. We will be observing their habits so we can catch them in February 2019, fit them with transmitters and follow them via satellite. To learn more about the birds, our project, updates and how you can help us visit our Project Page.


New Chairperson Elected

We would like to welcome Will Perry to the role of Pūkorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust Chairman. Will is eminently qualified for the role having been our secretary for the last 18 years. He succeeds Gillian Vaughan who stepped down in May after serving in the role for 8 years.


The Secret North Korea Stopover

A team from the Pūkorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust have been travelling to China and North Korea for several years to survey the shorebirds in the Yellow Sea. This year they were followed by Mark Crysell and a TVNZ crew who brought us a closer look at their efforts to survey the birds in an area that very few people have an opportunity to see. Here’s the coverage of the latest trip:

TVNZ Sunday OnDemand – The Secret North Korea Stopover: Following the world’s migratory shorebirds

TVNZ Sunday Facebook – The Secret North Korea Stopover

NewstalkZB – Adrian Riegen: Getting into North Korea to watch birds ‘Never say never’

Stuff – Birds without borders: Bird watching in North Korea

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