Birds of Marlborough

A photo gallery of selected birds found in Marlborough, New Zealand

Black Backed Gull (Karoro)

The Black Backed Gull or Karoro is New Zealand's largest gull species, found throughout the country from coastal to sub-alpine habitats where there is no forest cover.

Black Swan

Black swans are a large aquatic bird found in fresh water lakes and estuaries around Marlborough.

Blue Cod

Blue cod are a popular recreational and commercial fish endemic to New Zealand waters, particularly around Cook Strait and the Marlborough Sounds.

Fantail (piwakawaka)

Fantails (piwakawaka) are a small, common, insectivorous bird endemic to New Zealand.

Fish Species in Marlborough

With around 20% of New Zealand's coastline, and several lakes, Marlborough provides a habitat for a wide range of fish species, including several unique to Marlborough.

Galaxias (whitebait)

Galaxias are a genus of freshwater fish native to New Zealand, commonly known in their juvenile form as whitebait.

Hutton's Shearwater

A medium sized shearwater which breeds only in Marlborough.

King Shag

The King Shag (Leucocarbo carunculatus) is a large endemic shag found in the Marlborough Sounds

New Zealand Fur Seal

Once hunted to near extinction for their meat and skins, NZ fur seals are now common around the Marlborough coast.

Red Billed Gull

Red billed gulls are a common native sea bird found throughout Marlborough.

Short finned eel

Short finned eels (Anguilla australis), are the commonest of the two native eel species found in New Zealand


A unique reptile which is the sole living member of the Rhynchochocephalia order of reptiles which dates from the time of the dinosaurs.


Tui are one of New Zealand's more commonly seen endemic bird species. They can be seen in various locations around Marlborough.

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