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Bird Island in the Waimea Estuary off Bronte Peninsular

Bird Island

Waimea Inlet is the largest estuary in the South Island. Rich in food resources it was coveted by Maori; 33 archaeological sites are known from its shores. Despite its modification, the estuary is considered to be of outstanding biological importance; the abundance of food attracts large numbers of fish; 50 species of wading birds have been recorded and there are rare plants and a carabid beetle found only at Tahunanui Beach.

There are a number of great viewing points of the wading birds in the estuary, but Bronte Peninsular would have to be one of the best. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your luxury waterfront suite or villa to view these birds as they feed in front of your accommodation.

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