At the Shorebird Centre we welcome visitors to come and explore the fascinating world of shorebirds with us.

Entry is free, but a donation is much appreciated and helps us to continue providing this service.

Information and Education

At the centre you can learn all about shorebirds and their habitat from our information displays and our knowledgeable staff.

Find out what the different birds look like and which ones are currently at Pūkorokoro.

Learn about the amazing journey that migratory birds like the godwit make from Alaska to New Zealand.

Discover more about New Zealand’s shorebirds, their ecology, their habitat and their conservation.


Shorebird Centre shop
Shorebird Centre shop

Browse our extensive range of natural history books and children’s books.

Get presents for family and friends sorted with our range of nature themed gifts including art tiles, cards, homeware and more.

Relax and Enjoy

Bring your lunch and relax on our deck or in the lounge. You can make yourself a cup of tea or coffee for a small donation.

Hire Binoculars / Scope

Where the birds roost and how close they will be to the hides depends on many factors including the height of the high tide.

Binoculars or a scope will help you make the most of your visit to the birds. If you don’t have your own, you can hire binoculars ($5) or a scope ($10) from the Shorebird Centre


Stay overnight at the Shorebird Centre in one of our bunkrooms or self-contained units. More information here