Ahuriri Estuary
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Introduction

This long, narrow estuary with its wide range of fresh to salty, shallow to deep, and sandy to muddy habitats supports an extremely diverse range of birds, fish, invertebrates and plant life.

Place overview

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Walking and tramping

Facilities

  • Information panels
  • Toilets

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Bird and wildlife watching

Be on the lookout for over 70 species of resident and migratory waterbirds. View the estuary bird guide.

Kiwi Guardians programme

Take your family on a Kiwi Guardians adventure. Kiwi Guardians is a free, fun and easy way for 6-10 year olds to get to know this special place - grab a map, go and explore, and earn a reward! More about Kiwi Guardians

Mountain biking

There is an 8 km section of cycleway, part of Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trail, passing close to the middle estuary with wildlife viewing points. Read about the Water Ride section of the Hawke's Bay Trails 

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    About this place

    Nature and conservation

    This long, narrow estuary with its wide range of fresh to salty, shallow to deep, and sandy to muddy habitats supports an extremely diverse range of birds, fish, invertebrates and plant life.

    Over 70 species of resident and migratory waterbirds use the estuary as a feeding and resting area.

    Bar-tailed godwits/kuaka, knots and golden plovers migrate here each year from their arctic breeding grounds.

    Wrybills/ngutu pare, oystercatchers/tōrea, pied stilts/poaka and royal spoonbills/kōtuku-ngutupapa over-winter from their South Island homes.

    Find out about the birds you might see in the Ahuriri Estuary bird guide.

    Getting there

    Access is via Humber Street, off SH2 or from Pandora Road north of Napier.

    Contacts

    Ahuriri / Napier Office
    Phone:   +64 6 834 3111
    Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   59 Marine Parade
    Napier 4110
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