Pelagic Trips from Whangaroa Harbour and the Bay of Islands

Far North Pelagics

New Zealand is well known as one of the best places in the world to see seabirds. The seas around the Far North are relatively unexplored and in 2010 we started running trips out to sea from Whangaroa Harbour, just a half hours drive from our home. Following retirement of our Whangaroa boatman, trips from 2015 have left from Doves Bay in the Bay of Islands with equal success in finding quality birds. New Zealand Storm Petrel is now seen on nearly all of our summer season trips. In 2017 we are planning to run a couple of 2 day pelagics from the Bay of Islands, giving us much more time at sea and checking possible breeding areas on the Cavalli Islands.

Species possibilities on these pelagics are numerous and have included:

  1. Eight species of shearwaters
  2. White-faced, Wilson’s & New Zealand Storm Petrels
  3. Cook’s & Pycroft’s Petrels
  4. Black-winged & Grey-faced Petrels
  5. White-naped Petrel
  6. Wandering, White-capped, Campbell & Buller’s Albatrosses
  7. Arctic, Brown & South Polar Skuas
  8. Grey Ternlet

See a full list of species recorded so far download the pelagic species list or write to us for more information.