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.


Pacific Golden Plover Project Updates

We have wrapped up the efforts to catch the Pacific Golden Plover this season and now we start the wait to see where the 3 birds go in April. For the details on the efforts over the last month, updates on the birds we caught, videos and next steps, check out our Where’s Goldie? project page.

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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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The Pacific Golden Plover are fattened up and getting ready to depart. The males are looking very smart in their breeding plumage.(photo Tim..

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Photos from Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre's post

“The first ones (Godwits) are already at Yalu Jiang even though it is about -3°C at night up there and about 8°c in the day.” was the message..

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A Flung Scarf of Wrybill

On Sunday10th THE YEAR OF THE WRYBILL was officially launched at Pukoroko Miranda Shorebird Centre.After viewing the shorebirds we were privileged..

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Late last night the final attempt for this season was made to mist net Pacific Golden Plover. Luck was in and the team caught one female at 10.30pm…

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