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Kiwi Esplanade Walk

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

This walkway starts at the edge of Manukau Harbour and leads up to the entrance to Ambury Regional Park. Along the way you will see flocks of up to 15000 wading birds resting and feeding. There are also lava flows from the majestic Mangarere Mountain which erupted 30000 years ago.

Manukau Harbour

Manukau Yacht & Motor Boat Club

This time we were basically walking around the Manukau Yacht & Motor Boat Club. There is a pavement pathway along the coast of Manukau Harbour along which we walked.

The yacht club building.

Manukay Yacht Club is a perfect place for family picnics, rest and games. To the left is main building to the right is grass area.

Migratory Wader Birds in Mangarere

Manukau harbour is a natural habitat for international and national migratory wader birds. Birds in the harbor account for 20% of New Zealand's total wading bird population.

Each summer between September and March approximately 7,500 Bar-tailed Godwits and 7,000 Red (lesser) Knots travel 12,000 km from the northern hemisphere to reach Manukau Harbour's feeding grounds. These birds nest in the Tundra regions of Siberia and Alaska, but are driven south at the approach of winter as their habitats begin to freeze. The harbour provides marine molluscs, worms and other invertebrates,

New Zealand wader species the South Island Pied Oystercatcher nest only in the South Island, but after nesting Migrate to the Manukau Harbour and other North Island coastal areas during the winter. At high tide thousands of Oystercatchers gather on this grassy reserve! (Adopted from Kiwi Esplanade Reserve information box)

On the pictures below you will see South Island Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus finschi). They are black and white waders. They have a long, robust, pointed bright orange-red beak. They have short, coral-pink legs.

On the left: Bar-tailed Godwits. On the right: Red (lesser) Knots.

A video showing how many birds there are on the grass fields:

The map with Kiwi Esplanade Walk marked in red line:

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