Useful Links

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Bird Watching

Keen to find out more about bird watching in New Zealand or share your experiences with others? Why not visit one of the websites below:

Visit the Forest and Bird New Zealand website to locate nature reserves and bird watching locations in your local area, keep up to date with birding news, and find out more about volunteering projects that you can get involved in to protect New Zealand’s native bird habitats.

Want to get involved in a nation-wide study group where you can learn and share ornithological knowledge? Check out the Birds New Zealand website to find out more!

Learn more about New Zealand’s bird wildlife on the Birding New Zealand website. This site also provides information about bird-watching orientated tours, excursions and accommodation.

Struggling to identify a bird, or want to learn more about bird species found in NZ? Take a look at the digital bird encyclopaedia provided by New Zealand Birds Online

Find and share information about New Zealand birds quickly and easily on’s free discussion forum. Anyone with an interest in NZ birds is welcome to join - whether you’re a resident scientist, international twitcher, or beginner who is looking for help with identifying a bird. The website sends out alerts to registered users informing them of rare bird observations, and given them a chance to see something special too.

If you're a young Kiwi who is into birding then you simply must check out the awesome Young Birders NZ website which is run by a group of Kiwi's who are all under 18 and love birds. These guys are amazing and they're doing a great job at championing bird watching in younger people. There's so much information available on this site for people of any age. 

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Want to start hunting in New Zealand but not sure where to start? Take a look at our suggested website links below to find out more:

Visit the Department of Conservation website to learn more about what, when and where to hunt in New Zealand, how to apply for a hunting license, and what to take with you on your hunting trip.

Take a look at the Fish and Game New Zealand website for a one-stop-information-shop about all things hunting, from hunting regulations in your local area to how to cook a perfect game bird.

Got a passion for all things hunting in NZ? Subscribe to the NZ Hunter Magazine, and be sure to never miss an episode of the awesome NZ Hunter Adventures TV Show on Choice TV. Love the show? You can also bag yourself a DVD of the previous seasons. Find out more here

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Are you a keen stargazer who wants to find out more about what you’re seeing through your telescope? Take a look at one of the following websites to find out more:

Visit the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand website to find out more about solar system objects, moon phases and much much more.

Learn more about the night sky by visiting the Phoenix Astronomical Society’s website.

Or visit the New Zealand Astronomy directory to find out more about events at your local astronomical society.

If you're new to astronomy and want to get a grasp of the basics, then why not check out some of the fantastic videos offered on the Eyes on the Sky website. You'll also really benefit from having some NZ specific monthly star charts, so you know where to find certain stars and planets and can also cross reference what you see through your telescope. Check out the awesome, free star charts on offer from Stardome

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