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Address: 3770 State Highway 6 Coast Road, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Guided tours to the worlds only breeding grounds of the Westland Petrel...

Guided tours to the worlds only breeding grounds of the Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica), the largest mainland burrow-nesting petrel.Close views can be obtained from our walkway and viewing shelter located 5 km south of Punakaiki, West Coast NZ.Viewing from 1 April to 20 December.

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Nature at your feet

Our family did this experience. One of the petrels literally landed on our 13 year old son. Others landed at the feet of our 5 and 8 year old. This was a real highlight for them... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 July 2016
Steve D
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Our family did this experience. One of the petrels literally landed on our 13 year old son. Others landed at the feet of our 5 and 8 year old. This was a real highlight for them. An excellent informative experience which is a must do!. Approximately 10 petrels landed during the visit.

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B_Menteath, Manager at Petrel Colony Tours, responded to this review

Thanks Steve. And the highlight for me was watching the reactions of your children! More 

Christchurch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Petrels crash landing right at your feet when they return to their burrows at night, where else can you experience that? It is a bit of a climb up the hill to the hide, but my husband, aged 81, could manage it. Bruce, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable, there was nothing he did not know about the Westland petrel and... More 

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B_Menteath, Manager at Petrel Colony Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review Leonie. Every visitor helps us to protect these unique birds. Best wishes, Bruce More 

Greymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

We were a group of 13 people - adults and teenage children and partners. We visited the petrel colony in late November. We picked a beautiful calm and clear night which was also great for star gazing! The petrels are birds that are something like a cross between a duck and an albatross. We had a very up-close and personal... More 

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B_Menteath, Manager at Petrel Colony Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and great to see so much enthusiasm for the lost petrel. I rated the fledgling activity during your visit at 10/10. More 

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