What time of day is best?
The best time to see the birds down at the bird hides is within two hours either side of High Tide. As the tide comes in, the birds move from far out on the mud flats where they feed to areas closer in towards shore. See the tide tables below. For future dates visit the LINZ predictions website and search for Thames.
You can visit the Shorebird Centre 9am-5pm to learn about the birds, seven days a week, all year round.
What time of year is best?
There are always birds to see at Pūkorokoro, but different species are here at different times.
Godwits, and other Arctic migrants arrive in September and are here until the end of March.
Wrybill and other NZ migrants arrive in January and are here until June.
We also have birds that are resident here all year round.
High Tides – May 2022
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