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.


16th September 2019 – Still Waiting

The latest transmitter reports tell us that Jim and JoJo are still fuelling up in the Arctic. Amanda hasn’t checked in this time so we will continue to watch this space. There have been reports of Godwits, Red Knots, Turnstone arriving on our shores so it won’t be long now and just yesterday a report of 2 very skinny but healthy looking Pacific Golden Plover in the Auckland area so they’re on the move already. The anticipation and excitement about their potential flight path is building around here, keeping an eye on the weather and looking for the best conditions for their departure. You can read more here about their unique journey’s and what this may mean. Visit our Where’s Goldie? page for all the updates and project information.

Follow the Kuriri on Google Earth

You can watch with us as we follow the Pacific Golden Plovers on their journey up to the arctic to breed and back to us in summer. Download Google Earth and use the interactive maps to see exactly where the Kuriri are. Read more here.

Where are our birds now?

Here’s an overview of where the three Kuriri are on their migration.

The three Kuriri in Alaska – August 2019

Jim (166702)

23 April 2019 Left Pūkorokoro Miranda
2 May 2019 Guam, Micronesia (c7,500km flight)
20 May 2019 Okinawa, Japan
26 May 2019 Shandong, China
7 June 2019 Heilongjiang, China
21 June 2019 Siberia
5 July 2019 Lake Selawik, Alaska
9 August 2019 Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska
19 August 2019 Aleutian Island Chain, Alaska
21 August 2019 In flight back to Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska
Currently Alaska?

JoJo (174232)

12 April 2019 Left Pūkorokoro Miranda
20 April 2019 Arrived Honshu, Japan (9,990km flight)
16 May 2019 Left Japan
19 May 2019 Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska (4,740km flight)
2 August 2019 Kinak Bay, Alaska
Currently Kinak Bay, Alaska

Amanda (174233)

8 April 2019 Left Pūkorokoro Miranda
16 April 2019 Arrived Honshu, Japan (c9,000km flight)
17 May 2019 Honshu, Japan
23 May 2019 Siberia
29 May 2019 Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska
Currently Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska

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