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.

WRYBILL for Bird of the Year!

It’s time supporters! Voting is open and we would love your help making Wrybill / Ngutu Parore Bird of the Year!

This year we have the option of picking our Top 5 Birds, and we will be supporting the other Braided River birds if you’d like to add them to your list too.

  • Kaki / Black Stilt
  • Tarapirohe / Black-fronted tern
  • Tarapuka / Black-billed Gull
  • Pohowera / Banded Dotterel.

NOTE: You’ll need to authenticate your vote to avoid any cheating this year, but check your Spam folder for the Forest and Bird email with your code and the link.

Wrybill and chick on the braided river beds of the South Island


Wrybill are the poster bird for braided rivers – unique birds in an awesome landscape. We need to look after those rivers to secure a future not only for them, but for other river birds – Kaki / Black Stilt, Tarapirohe / Black-fronted tern, Tarapuka / Black-billed Gull, and Pohowera / Banded Dotterel.
Found only in New Zealand most of the Wrybill population migrate to the Auckland region after breeding – yet few New Zealanders have ever heard of them. We, at team Wrybill – a collaboration of Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre and Braided River Aid (BRaid) – want to change that. So if any of these birds are your favourite, it would be great to vote for them all, but even better if you put Wrybill at the top of your list.

The Tasman River and breeding habitat for the birds of the braided rivers
– South Island, New Zealand

SHARE! Anyone can vote, even if you aren’t in New Zealand you can still support us and Vote Wrybill. Send your friends a link to our page or share one of our social media posts.


2nd October 2019 – The Southern Migration Begins – An update from Lee Tibbitts at the US Geological Survey on the 23rd September 2019 confirmed that JoJo had left Alaska, flew over the Hawaiian Islands and then stopped, at least for a time at Teraina (or Washington Island), in the Line Islands, which is part of Kiribati. Meanwhile here we’ve recorded the first 16 Kuriri at Pūkorokoro Miranda. You can read more here about this first data from the southern migration, why we might not yet have heard from Amanda and Jimmy 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 journey so far – September 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
14 Sept 2019 Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska
Currently Migrating south?

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
14/15 Sept 2019 Left Alaska
25 Oct 2019 Teraina, Kiribati
Currently Migrating south?

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
8 Sept 2019 Last tracked in Alaska
Currently Migrating south?

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