Photo : Samuel Bloch

What time of day is best?

The best time to see the birds from the bird hides is within two hours either side of HIGH TIDE.  The birds feed out on the mud flats while the tide is out and as it comes in they use this time to roost, sleep and preen. 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.

Find out more

High Tides – September 2022


Thu 1

10.25am
Fri 2

11.10am
Sat 3

11.55am
Sun 4

12.50pm
Mon 5

1.50am
Tue 6

3.00pm
Wed 7

4.10pm
Thu 8

5.10pm
Fri 9

6.10pm
Sat 10

7.00pm
Sun 11

7.30am
Mon 12

8.20am
Tue 113

9.05am
Wed 14

9.40am
Thu 15

10.30am
Fri 16

11.15am
Sat 17

12.00pm
Sun 18

12.45pm
Mon 19

1.45pm
Tue 20

2.45pm
Wed 21

3.50pm
Thu 22

4.45pm
Fri 23

5.30pm
Sat 24

6.15pm
Sun 25

7.45am
Mon 26

8.25am
Tue 27

9.05am
Wed 28

9.45am
Thu 29

10.20am
Fri 30

11.05am
High Tides – October 2022


Sat 1

11.50am
Sun 2

12.40pm
Mon 3

1.35pm
Tue 4

2.35pm
Wed 5

3.45pm
Thu 6

4.55pm
Fri 7

5.55pm
Sat 8

6.50pm
Sun 9

7.20am
Mon 10

8.10am
Tue 11

8.55am
Wed 12

9.40am
Thu 13

10.20am
Fri 14

11.00am
Sat 15

11.40am
Sun 16

12.25pm
Mon 17

1.10pm
Tue 18

2.05pm
Wed 19

3.00pm
Thu 20

4.00pm
Fri 21

4.55pm
Sat 22

5.45pm
Sun 23

6.30pm
Mon 24

7.10am
Tue 25

7.50am
Wed 26

8.35am
Thu 27

9.15am
Fri 28

10.00am
Sat 29

10.45am
Sun 30

11.35am
Mon 31

12.20pm
High Tides – November 2022
Tue 1

1.25pm
Wed 2

2.25pm
Thu 3

3.30pm
Fri 4

4.35pm
Sat 5

5.35pm
Sun 6

6.25pm
Mon 7

7.00am
Tue 8

7.50am
Wed 9

8.35am
Thu 10

9.15am
Fri 11

9.55am
Sat 12

10.35am
Sun 13

11.15am
Mon 14

11.55am
Tue 15

12.40pm
Wed 16

1.30pm
Thu 17

2.20pm
Fri 18

3.10pm
Sat 19

4.05pm
Sun 20

4.55pm
Mon 21

5.45pm
Tue 22

6.35pm
Wed 23

7.20am
Thu 24

8.05am
Fri 25

8.55am
Sat 26

9.40am
Sun 27

10.30am
Mon 28

11.20am
Tue 29

12.15pm
Wed 30

1.10pm