On the edge of Tauranga Harbour you can wander through beautiful gardens with exotic birds for company.
The Katikati Bird Gardens were established in 1976 and have flourished ever since, with 1.5km of pathways meandering between water-lily ponds, a purpose-built lake, natural wetlands, and an abundance of colourful plants.
The resident birds are dotted throughout the grounds in spacious enclosures or wandering free so you can enjoy close encounters of the avian kind.
Spot herons, shags and even rare spoonbills in the harbourside wetlands, tūī, kererū and doves in the treetops, peacocks, pheasants and ponds full of swans, teal and paradise ducks.
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