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Farewell to the Godwits


Thu 19 Feb 2015, 6:00pm–6:30pm

Where: Southshore Spit Reserve, Rocking Horse Road, South New Brighton, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Prepare for takeoff. The Godwits are flying back to their breeding grounds in Alaska.

Come along to a unique and very special ceremony to farewell about 2000 birds that have spent the summer in Christchurch getting ready for their flight of more than 11,000kms via the Yellow Sea in eastern Asia, then on to Alaska. It is the longest known journey for any bird.

Be part of this natural wonder by joining Christchurch City Council’s coastal rangers, the Ornithological Society, Sea Week team, and Avon, Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust to say goodbye to the Godwits.

Meet at South Shore Reserve at the end of Rocking Horse Road. Bring your own telescope or binoculars, but no dogs please. The track is rough and it is a walk of about 10 to 15 minutes to reach the viewing site, so this event may be unsuitable for some people.

Don’t be disappointed if take-off is delayed. While the ceremony and viewing the birds feeding is between 5pm to 6.30pm on 19 February, the birds may have other ideas about the best moment for them to depart.