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Six of the best walks for bird-spotting

In Auckland’s regional parks, you can spot some of Aotearoa’s rarest and most beautiful birds.

1. Tāwharanui Ecology Path

Follow the Ecology Path to find rare takahē and tieke/saddlebacks, as well as kaka and pāteke/brown teal.

2. Rotoroa Island North and South Paths

Spot takahē, weka, tieke/saddlebacks and pāteke/brown teal. The North and South Paths link up to circumnavigate the island.

3. Shakespear Heritage Path

Watch for kākāriki, korimako/bellbirds, dotterels, brown teal, tūī and kererū.

4. Maukatia Gannet Path

The Maukatia Gannet Path is a 25-minute walk around the headland with viewing areas.

5. Cudlip Point Path

Cudlip Point Path in Mahurangi Regional Park is a loop track where you can see blue reef heron, little shags, dotterels, pied oystercatchers and blue penguins.

6. Oruawharo River Trail

In Ātiu Creek Regional Park, follow the Oruawharo River Trail to find common natives such as fantails, grey warblers, kererū, and tūī, as well as kingfishers, banded rails, fern birds and pāteke/brown teal.

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Image: Auckland Council