New Zealand

Summary

  • EAAFP Member since: 2011
  • Number of EAAFP Flyway Network Sites: 4
  • Focal Point Contact:
    • Mr. Bruce McKinlay
      Representative to the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, Department of Conservation, New Zealand
      Email: bmckinlay@doc.govt.nz
      Tel: 006434746939

New Zealand became a Partner since 2011. It now has 4 Flyway Network Sites, the most recent designation being 2018, June. During the non-breeding season, New Zealand is host to migrant shorebirds, including Key Species of the EAAFP such as Godwit, Knot and Curlew, escaping the winters in the North to feed and don their breeding plumage.

Click Here: Map of 4 sites 

Flyway Network Sites

Site Information

EAAF SITECODE NAME OF SITE SITE INFORMATION SHEET YEAR SIS UPDATED SITE PHOTOS VIEW IN GOOGLE EARTH
EAAF018 Farewell Spit SIS 2014 View View
EAAF019 Firth of Thames SIS 2014 View View
EAAF137 Avon-Heathcote Estuary / Ihutai SIS 2018 View
EAAF138 Awarua Bay-New River Estuary SIS 2018 View

 

Farewell Spit

Country: New Zealand

Location: South Island

Coordinates (lat, long): -40.32000,  172.50000

Area: 11,388 ha

Date of joining:  1996 March 25

Status: Wildlife Reserve Area

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris canutus (Red Knot), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone)

Firth of Thames

Location: North Island

Coordinates (lat, long): -37.12179 175.25051

Area: 9,000 ha

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: Protected Area

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris canutus (Red Knot), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit)

Avon-Heathcote Estuary / Ihutai

Country: New Zealand

Location: Canterbury

Coordinates (lat, long): 43º32'30"S, 172º43'30"E

Area: 881.474ha

Date of joining: 2018 June 1

Status: 

Other listings: 

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Charadrius bicinctus (Banded Dotterel), Himantopus himantopus (Pied Stilt), Hydropogne caspia (Caspian Tern), Larus bulleri (Black-billed Gull), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Vanellus miles (Spur-winged Plover), Anas gracilis (Grey Teal), Anas rhynchotis (Australasian Shoveler), Aythya novaeseelandiae (New Zealand Scaup), Tadorna variegata (Paradise Shelduck), Ardea alba (Great Egret), Egretta novaehollandiae (White-faced Heron), Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill), Phalacrocorax varius (Australian Pied Cormorant)

Awarua Bay-New River Estuary

Country: New Zealand

Location: 

Coordinates (lat, long): Awarua Bay (46º 35' 00"S, 168º 30' 00"E), New River Estuary (46º 28' 00"S, 168º 19' 00"E) and Toetoes Estuary (46º 34' 00"S, 168º 47' 00"E)

Area: Awarua Bay (2,030 ha) (part of the Awarua - Waituna Ramsar site), northern Bluff Harbour (1,500 ha), the New River Estuary (3,700 ha), Mokomoko Inlet -1 100 ha) and Toetoes Harbour (1,648 ha)

Date of joining: 2018 June 1

Status: 

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone), Calidris alba (Sanderling), C. canutus (Red Knot), C. ruficollis (Red-necked Stint), Charadrius bicinctus (Banded Dotterel), C. mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover), C. obscurus (New Zealand Dotterel), Hydropogne caspia (Caspian Tern), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Numenius madagascariensis (Eastern Curlew), N. phaeopus Asiatic (Whimbrel), Pluvialis fulva (Pacific Golden Plover), P. squatarola (Grey Plover), Sterna striata (White-fronted Tern), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), T. stagnatilis (Marsh Sandpiper), T. brevipes (Grey-tailed Tattler), Vanellus miles (Spur-winged Plover), Anas platyrhynochos (Mallard), A. rhynchotis (Australasian Shoveler), A. superciliosa (Grey Duck), Cygnus atratus (Black Swan), Tadorna variegata (Paradise Shelduck), Ardea modesta (White Heron), Botaurus poiciloptilus (Australasian Bittern), Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill), Phalacrocorax varius (Australian Pied Cormorant)