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Best Hotels for Bird Watching in New Zealand

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When browsing best hotels in New Zealand, consider the most popular hobby of the region–bird watching. New Zealand is the best place for bird watchers looking to lay their eyes on some of the most unique birds. As an isolated island environment, New Zealand hosts a paradise of unique birds, many uniquely involved to their homes thanks to countless years of evolution.

Seeing a bevy of native birds does not require completely fleeing civilization. Staying in New Zealand hotels allows you to visit outlying areas for bird watching while still returning for a comfortable night’s sleep in a city more than a million strong.

Best Hotels in New Zealand

The Hilton Auckland is situated at the tip of Princes Wharf in Auckland, New Zealand. The hotel’s FISH restaurant offers fine dining in a stylish ambience overseeing sweeping views of Auckland’s harbor. For some of the highest luxury accommodations in the region, consider the elegant Intercontinental Wellington in New Zealand’s capital city located adjacent to the harbor waterfront. The internationally branded 5 star hotel features 231 deluxe guest rooms superbly furnished with an extremely attentive staff.

Native Birds to New Zealand

You can spot the albatross by looking for a bird in the shape of a plump sitting duck with a long beak. Their colors will vary with the light-mantled sooty ranging from black and brown, to white and black with the shy mollymawk. Their sizes vary between 30 inches and 45 inches in length.

The one spotted the most is the fantail bird known as piwakawaka to New Zealanders. Their name describes exactly what they do- their tails will open like a fan. The fantail birds, located in most areas of New Zealand, are known for their sounding call and tiny heads.


Out of all the endemic birds the most famous is the kiwi. These birds have a round, furry body, whiskers and beaks that are long and narrow with a nostril right on the tip.

When you stay in Auckland hotels on the North Island, you can make the easy trip to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park. The park has many interesting features, including the largest dome aviary in the country. They also guarantee that you won’t be leaving without seeing at least one kiwi.

There are different types of kiwis found throughout New Zealand. The brown kiwi is found in the North Island. The high-pitched sounds that the brown kiwis make is similar to the squeaky sound a door makes.

The tokoeka is a rare kiwi that is a mix between the brown kiwi found on the North Island and a penguin. Other kiwis include the white rowi, an endangered species that you will only spot in the Okarito Sanctuary, and the great spotted and little spotted kiwis.

If you’re visiting Christchurch, no doubt you’ll want to spend a day or two exploring the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Just 10 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport is the Vita Nova Motel, freshly built after the devastating earthquake of February 2011 (Vita Nova means “new life”). The Vita Nova offers satellite TV, private bathrooms, microwave and refrigerator in every room — all at very reasonable rates. Free Wi-Fi is also provided.

Other Endemic Birds

There are endemic birds that aren’t part of the kiwi species you can spot while bird watching in New Zealand.  The most interesting species is the Snares crested penguin, which is found on Snares Island. The Snares penguin stands about two feel tall with bright yellow eye stripes and a white belly with chest marks that are black and splotchy.

Best Hotels in New Zealand

When booking best hotels in New Zealand, it’s best to keep in mind the activities you’re going to take part in. If you’re planning on spending your day bird watching, you’ll want your hotel to be nearby. After a long day of walking around looking for birds, you’ll want to stay in one of the best hotels in New Zealand where you can unwind and review with other enthusiasts the amazing birds you were able to see.

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