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2021 Conference Registration Details

The primary method of registration is online. Registration details and further information about the programme, field trips and accommodation options are set out below. Note: A separate registration is required for each person attending the conference and/or dinner, to enable the organisers to have a record of all attendees and any special requirements.

Members, please login to get your discounted rates! Members not having internet access can obtain a registration form by contacting the Regional Representative, calling the organizer on 09 2388407 or 021656369, or writing to: NZ Bird Conference 2021, PO Box 177, Pukekohe 2340. The registration form can also be downloaded as Word file or as PDF

If you are a Family member with an email address that is not yet recorded in the system, please ask your main member to login and add your email address. If you don’t have your own email address, then please download and complete the registration form here and send it to



All events, the AGM and meals will be at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, in 200 Mary Street, Thames.
A timetable is available here.


Oral presentations will be spread across the first two days of the conference, and can cover any aspects of ornithology. The Call for Abstracts closed on 28 February and we now have sufficient abstracts. 


A variety of exciting field trips will be available:

1.   Pukorokoro Miranda via Kopuatai and Whangamarino wetland by bus returning by 5.30pm.
The tides are wrong to get good views of waders at Miranda, and it is in the middle of duck shooting season, so it is going to be mainly showing people the three Ramsar sites in the area. We will go to the Kopuatai Peat dome where there is the possibility of Fernbirds, but we will not enter the peat fields proper. We then go up the hills to a lookout to get an overview of the wetland before crossing over the hills to briefly view the Whangamarino, a possible site of Bittern, but duck shooting may affect that. We then cross back to Miranda to have a brief talk from Keith before going to the hides but note the tide will be well out. If we have time we will call into the new roost at Piako where the tide may be further advanced. So mainly a scenic trip to see the Ramsar sites.

2.   Coromandel Atlasing by private cars
This trip is members free range, but we can give you itinerary options to go to under-reported squares, or directions to specific birding spots, like the Brown Teal at Colville, or the wader roost at Matarangi.

3.   Boat Trip around inner (not open sea) Coromandel Islands incl. bus from Thames to Coromandel, return by 5pm
This trip is designed to go around the mussel farms in Coromandel and to rock stacks in the harbour to undertake a count of the Hauraki race of Spotted Shags. But other birds you might see are the Hauraki Gulf birds.

4.   Thames – Hunua-Clevedon – Airport by bus, looking for Kokako then on to airport by 12.30pm
This trip is designed to get into position to possibly hear and see Kokako in the Hunua management area early in the morning, and if there is demand carry on to the airport for afternoon flights. If there is no takers for the airport the bus will call into Miranda and Piako on the way back to Thames but the tides are not good.

5.   Coromandel Bus Trip – Thames, Opoutere, Tairua, Thames by mini-bus, returning by 1pm
This trip has the aim to go to Opoutere beach where you are likely to see Banded Rails, and Fernbirds, along with NZ Dotterel.

6.   Coromandel Bus Trip – Tairua, Coroglen, Tapu back to Thames by 3pm
We will go to Tairua to complete a short walk to see Fernbirds, then to Coroglen where there is a site where NZ Pigeons come down onto pasture to feed, the bus will go across the Coromandel ranges to the Firth of Thames and travel back to Thames. Going down this coast may get views of Spotted Shags, nesting colonies of Pied Shags, and as a long shot, Reef Heron.

7.   Post-conference Atlasing  – Rotorua, 7th-11th June
Led by the Atlas team, we will drive from Thames to Rotorua and base ourselves at the Keswick Christian camp. Teams will be sent out to survey the area both day and night. Cost will be $264 per person for food and accommodation, and transport will be by carpooling. Fuel reimbursement for the driving around Rotorua is available. Habitats visited can be tailored to people’s experience and fitness levels.


Council approved that a ‘Fledgling Fund for Students’ be established to be used specifically to support the participation of student members for presenting papers or posters at Birds NZ conferences. The fund will be accumulative and dispersed in subsequent years. Members and non-members are invited to make a contribution of $20, or more, to this fund when registering. Payment is optional and appreciated. The allocation of funds will be determined by Council each year.


Please book early for cheap flights to Auckland or Tauranga. Rental cars are available from both airports. Approximate driving times from the airport to the conference venue in Thames are (note that the journey is likely to be longer as it is a holiday weekend):

From Auckland – 1 hour and 15 minutes
From Tauranga – 1 hour and 40 minutes

Alternatively, Intercity Coaches run services from both cities. In Auckland, take a taxi or the A380 bus (runs every 15 to 20 minutes) from the airport to Manukau City to pick up the coach. In Tauranga, take a taxi from the airport to Bayfair to pick up the coach. Check for timetables and bookings.


We have booked accommodation at a range of venues – details are available here. Please make sure you ask for the NZ Birds Conference discounted rate! Reservations should be made directly with the accommodation of your choice. Location maps are shown on their websites. There are of course a range of other accommodation options available in the vicinity.


You can contact the conference organiser via, or call David Lawrie 09 2388407 (H), 09 2386369 (B), 021656369 or write to PO Box 177, Pukekohe 2340. Alternatively, contact your Regional Representative


Privacy Act
The information collected through the registration process will be used solely for the purposes of organising, planning and managing this Conference. If you do not wish to have your name published as part of the conference proceedings or made available to other delegates, please advise us of this.

Following registration, if you are unable to attend, a full refund will be made for cancellations advised up to 1 May 2021. From 1 May 2021 no refunds will be made. In the event of cancellation and consequent re-selection of field trips, refund of the price difference will be made after the conference.

If a situation occurs where an official government recommendation is made to postpone or cancel public gatherings, the Society will postpone or cancel the conference and will make full refunds of all registration fees that have been paid for the conference and field trips.

In the event of other unforeseen circumstances (industrial or otherwise) that disrupt the conference the organisers accept no responsibility. The information on the conference website and in the printed material is correct at the time of publication.  However, the conference organisers reserve the right to change information if required and to adjust the conference programme accordingly.