Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere


A diverse and scenic landscape with the promise of numerous species of birds.

Te Waihora is well known for its migrant waders, including such species as curlew, sharptailed and pectoral sandpipers;  red-necked stint, ruddy turnstone, Pacific golden plover, red knot and the famous kuaka (bar-tailed godwit). New Zealand waders also feature, such as the ngutupare (wrybill), kaki (black stilt), poaka (pied stilt), and pohowera (banded dotterel).