Fiordland and Te Anau are home to a huge array of interesting wildlife that often can’t be spotted anywhere else in the world. Many of these beautiful creatures are difficult to see out in the wild but should certainly not be missed on a trip to the area. Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is the perfect place for visitors and locals to see the fascinating birds and creatures that inhabit this beautiful area. Read on for your guide on visiting Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and top tips on how to get the most from your trip.
Visiting Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Set in the beautiful shores of Lake Te Anau, the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is a must visit for visitors to Fiordland. Just a 15 minute walk away from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre; Te Anau Bird Sanctuary gives visitors the chance to take a peek at some of the special birds that inhabit the stunning area. It is a great day out for families and children of all ages, and the sanctuary is open to the public everyday between dusk and dawn. For a self-guided visit, entry is completely free, but donations can be made which go towards running the sanctuary. There are also guided tours available which follow the Rangers as they feed the animals and gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about these unique creatures.
Birds At Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is home to many different birds that call Fiordland National Park home, but the star of the show is the Takahē. These rare and unique flightless birds are a must-see for visitors to Fiordland, and the sanctuary has four of these special animals. Visitors can also see the Kākā which are beautiful native forest parrots with olive-brown feathers and flashes of orange and scarlet under the wings. The sanctuary works hard to breed and hatch Kākā which are then released back into the wild. As well as these birds, Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is also home to kereru, silvereyes, grey warblers, bellbirds and many others.
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