Ahuriri Estuary

Image: Natalia Volna | Creative Commons

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

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Information panels

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Walking and tramping

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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
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
Address:   59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Postal Address:   PO Box 644
Napier 4140
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