At the Shorebird Centre we welcome visitors to come and explore the fascinating world of shorebirds and this unique coastal area with us. Learn more about what we have to offer and how you can make the most of your visit.

Visit our information and education centre to learn about the birds and the area from our displays.

You can relax and take a break or browse our shop for great gifts and an extensive range of natural history books.

Check the local sightings and high tide times then ask us about the best viewing opportunities.

Our Shorebird Centre is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day except Christmas Day. It is always FREE to visit but we are a registered charity and always appreciate donations.

The best place to view the birds is from our bird hides. These are located 2km south of the Shorebird Centre.

From the Shorebird Centre you can walk the 2km (30 mins each way) or you can park at the other end of our trail (Robert Findlay Wildlife Reserve) and walk 200m (5 mins).

Our Bird Hides are in front of the HIGH TIDE roosting area for these shorebirds. Although there will always be birds here, the best time to see the large flocks are the 2 hours either side of HIGH TIDE.

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

Shorebird Centre Accommodation

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

Hauraki Gulf Forum meeting at the Shorebird Centre

As a community facility our rooms are available for hire.

We have meeting rooms and full kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Birdwatching at Pūkorokoro Miranda

To enjoy a closer view of the birds, we also offer binocular and scope hire.

Ask at the Shorebird Centre for availability.