Topic: Te Arai Stream

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Te Arai stream rests halfway between Te Arai Point and the Pacific Road entrance to Te Arai Beach.

Photo by Roger Grace, 1st of July 2013

Te Arai stream mouth is of international significance as a flock site for the New Zealand fairy tern with 15-35% of the world’s population roosting here after the breeding season.The Te Arai Stream mouth is also of national significance to New Zealand dotterel with eight to nine pairs present over the breeding season. The Te Arai Stream is also used by species including Caspian terns, variable oyster catchers and shag species for feeding.
A fairy tern pair nested at the stream mouth in a historic return to the area in December 2012.

Click here to view the Crown covenant for Te Arai. For more information on the Avifauna values of Te Arai see John Dowding's 2006 report and Shona Myers 2010.

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