Miranda

Godwits and wrybills roost on chenier shell banks at Miranda, and the western shore of the Firth of Thames. Each year, godwits will embark on the longest non-stop migration of any bird in the world, flying from this site to the Yellow Sea in China, then to Alaska, and returning across the Pacific, direct, to New Zealand.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

At the outflow of the intensive dairy farmland of the vast Hauraki Plains, the Firth is among the most modified marine environments in New Zealand, with high turbidity, nutrient loads, pollution and very low levels of oxygen, particularly near the sea floor. It was once carpeted with 500 square kilometres of mussel beds that filtered the outflow of kahikatea swampland, but the kahikatea was felled, the swamps drained and the mussels dredged up by 1960. By then, the sedimentation in the Firth was too thick for mussels to re-establish.

Episodes From This Series

Miranda

1 minute / 2018

Mangroves

1 minute / 2018

Eagle Rays

1 minute / 2018

Stormwater

1 minute / 2018

Leigh Wharf

1 minute / 2018

Waiheke Channel

1 minute / 2018

Commercial Fishing

1 minute / 2018

VR: Hauraki Gulf

1 hour / 2018

City on the sea

1 minute / 2018

Snapper – Goat Island

1 hour / 2018

Kina barren -Three Kings

1 hour /

Kina Barren – Nordic Reef

32 seconds / 2018

Stingray – Northern Arch

1 minute, 29 seconds / 2018

Tie Dye Arch – The Pinnacles

2 Minutes / 2018

NZ-VR Trailer

2 minutes / 2018

Experience Tie Dye Arch

1 minute / 2017

The mystery of the talking fish

3 minutes / 2017

Experience scootering with Lucy

1 minute / 2017

Experience Blue Maomao Arch

1 minute / 2017

Experience Northern Arch

1 minute / 2017