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We walked across the bird reserve in the middle of a hot day and still managed to see 30 species including endangered NZ Dotterels (also called Red-breasted Dotterels). The hike itself was gorgeous and we saw almost no one all day.
Close to Onetangi beach there is a very wild park where you can feel the typical New Zealand forest scenarios might be in the day hottest hours. Many entrances but a good one is from the right end corner of Onetangi beach (looking to the...More
It was a bit of a climb out of Onetangi to the park but worth it. Beautiful woodland walks of different lengths. Heard plenty of birdsong but did not see many! Some very good views from the top ridge. Make sure you use insect repellent!!...More
This area is a hill covered with forest and a lot of streams. The forest is dense and humid and the trails get really muddy, so hiking boots are recommended. I spent a few hours on Saturday and met only one other person, so definitely...More
Did the Onetangi Beach to Whakanewha Beach hike. Walking through Onetangi Forest and Bird Reserve was a highlight of the hike. I saw Tuis, New Zealand Pigeons and Fantail Piwakawaka. The walk is well shaded with giant ferns and lush vegetation. Be sure to sanitize...More