Pterodroma pelagics New Zealand seabird expeditions

Hauraki Gulf (Auckland, New Zealand) and New Zealand's Far North Seabird Tours. Great itineraries for ship-based New Zealand Seabird Birdwatching Expeditions - Three Kings, NZ. South Pacific Seabird Expeditions and Oceanic Seabird Birdwatching Opportunities

Painting by Sarah McBeath

PTERODROMA PELAGICS specialises in New Zealand seabird pelagics (seabird birdwatching tours). We offer regular trips for the Hauraki Gulf, NZ's Far North and Stewart Island. Our programme for extended pelagics and seabird expeditions explores New Zealand and South Pacific oceanic settings with some unique seabird expeditions and boat-based birdwatching opportunities. Pterodroma Pelagics is a subsidiary of Auckland-based company Kiwi Wildlife Tours NZ Limited.

Seabirds in the New Zealand and South Pacific Region
Pelagic seabirds are highly specialized. They number only 2-3% of the world's species of birds even though oceans cover more 60% of the planet's surface. Why is our region so important?

NEW ZEALAND is a two-thousand kilometre long mountainous island chain set in the vastness of the Great Southern and Pacific Oceans providing an essential breeding base for millions of seabirds.

New Zealand has the most diverse seabird community in the world with 84 types of seabirds breeding in the region. Of these, nearly half breed nowhere else in the world. In other words, seabirds are a vital component of our endemic fauna; they are major part of what makes New Zealand special. Many other seabirds visit New Zealand waters throughout the year, birds that breed in the Indian and southern Atlantic Oceans, far-eastern Pacific or the tropics.

for larger view of Undersea New Zealand, courtesy NIWA
White-necked Petrel March 2007 Chris Gaskin

First sighting of White-necked Petrel (Pterodroma cervicalis) in outer Hauraki Gulf. 10 March 2007. Photo by Chris Gaskin

NZ Storm Petrel (Marcus Lawson) 3 Salvins flying (Hadoram Shirihai) Black winged petrel (Robin Bush)

But our story doesn't end with New Zealand. The Pacific is the greatest ocean on earth, with an area exceeding that of all dry land on the planet. Most seabirds breeding in New Zealand and on islands in the Southern Ocean migrate through the South Pacific during non-breeding periods. In a single season the entire population of a particular species may fly from one end of the ocean to the other. And seabirds breeding on Pacific islands add to this rich diversity. The South Pacific is home to some of the world's rarest and least-known seabirds. Pterodroma Pelagics/Kiwi Wildlife is leading the way with ship-based opportunities for seabird enthusiasts and birdwatchers to explore this fascinating region.

Group on boat at Henderson Island Leaving Vatu-i-ra, Fiji Kermadec Petrel

Swimming with storm petrel Summer 2007
Close viewing of NZ Storm Petrels Photo: Claire Mucklow UK

The rediscovery and subsequent sightings of the New Zealand Storm Petrel - thought to be extinct for over 100 years - remains HOT NEWS. Click for New Zealand Storm Petrel News

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Save the Albatross Campaign

Most albatrosses and several other seabird species are heading for extinction. They are being unintentionally drowned in large numbers by "longline" fishing boats. Longlining is the single greatest threat to the world's seabirds. Much of it is carried out by "pirate" fishing boats. BirdLife's Save the Albatross Campaign is trying to stop the needless slaughter of these magnificent birds by ensuring that relevant international agreements are implemented that will benefit both the birds and the legal fishing industry. Clickhere to find out about the problem, its solutions, BirdLife's Campaign and how you can help.

Bryde's whale off Little Barrier by Sarh McBeath
"Bryde's whale off Little Barrier"
by Sarah McBeath

Artist Sarah McBeath came out on one of our early trips. She saw it as an opportunity to get close to the Mokohinau Islands, a group she'd previously seen only from the mainland as distant lumps on the horizon. Her whale painting is also from that trip. She has kindly given us permission to use her beautiful paintings throughout our site. To see more of her work check out her web site

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