The gardens and trees of Creel Lodge provide safe havens and food for a variety of birds. Beyond our back gate the Tongariro River is home to a dozen different water birds. Its riverside walks host numerous songsters to delight visitors.
For those going further afield Creel offers an ideal base to explore the natural world of Turangi and Tongariro in general and its bird life in particular. Many of New Zealand's special native birds can be found in nearby streams, bushland and tussock, or within Great Lake Taupo itself.
At Creel some of our birds are resident. Others change with the seasons. When our apples ripen bellbirds arrive to delight visitors with their antics and song as they feast greedily on the bounty. This past summer the Lodge grounds hosted a nervous pair of California quail and their growing family. The New Year saw a couple of rare blue ducks raise their brood a 10-minute walk up the river at Major Jones' Pool.
We are regularly asked by our guests to identify our birds. We hope that the following pictures and notes help visitors better appreciate our feathered residents.
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