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New Zealand Wildlife

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The marine centered wildlife of New Zealand is rich and varied. The environmentally conscious visitor will have several opportunities to gratify his passion and interest, and flora and fauna sightseeing single-handedly could easily be a prime tourist attraction.

As a matter of fact, for visitors from other countries, this is one of their reasons for coming over in the first place.

When speaking of diversity, New Zealand is one of the world’s great places, not to mention the huge variety of seabirds.


A comparable area would be full of sea mammals, if over-hunting in the nineteenth and early twentieth century had not brought a considerable population of species to the edge of extinction.


Nevertheless many species are on the road to recovery, and the waters of New Zealand are rich with an assortment of species of whales, dolphins, and pinnipeds.


This can also be said of fish and other sea animals. Extraordinary environments like the Three Kings Island and Poor Knights, along with the Fiordland fiords, have allowed for the density of rare species, or the appearance of strange links to species. Terrestrial wildlife is not as spectacular and usually trickier to come close to. But it is achievable to hear and see an assortment of indigenous birds of the forest, both in special facilities and in the wild, particularly seaward islands. In places where there is a dense population of these birds the experience of their singing solo justifies the trip. The famous chorus at dawn can be magical as well as astounding. Aquatic mammals, particularly seals (NZ fur seals) and dolphins are usually seen all over New Zealand. Following relentless hunting till the early nineteenth century, the fur seals of New Zealand are making a comeback.


Although their colonies are usually in the South Island they have also begun to breed again in the North Island.

These days the New Zealand sperm whales are the most frequently observed and seen whales in the country’s waters, but several other species can also be spotted. Occasionally, southern right whales come back to the Cook Strait region where they were at one point common, while Bryde's, minke, and humpback whales are the Hauraki Gulf’s usual visitors.

The islands of the sub-antarctic have continued to be a haven for numerous species of southern right whales and pinnipeds.

Waders or wading birds are not only established in several regions of New Zealand, in the not very deep sheltered coastal waters of harbors and estuaries but also inland, particularly alongside the braided rivers of the South Island beds.


During spring, huge populations of waders migrate to New Zealand from their icy breeding grounds. Others relocate between the South and North Islands.

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Areas such as Farewell Spit, Miranda on the Firth of Thames, and Waituna are internationally significant, and many others afford great opportunities to observe great congregations of these birds.

Before the coming of man less than a thousand years ago, there were no terrestrial mammals in New Zealand, with the exception of a couple of species of bats. Rather, the country was occupied by a small yet amazingly varied fauna of bird.



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