Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust is closing at the end of March 2023. Please contact Whitianga Vets if you find an injured bird.

Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust

Photo: Ian Preece Photography

Caring for wild birds on the Coromandel Peninsula

The Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust is a long-established bird rescue operation based in Kuaotunu on the Coromandel Peninsula.

We care for a wide range of sick and injured wild birds that members of the public from all over the peninsula bring in for assistance.

To ensure that the care that we provide is of the highest quality, we are a member of WReNNZ, the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of New Zealand, and work closely with the Department of Conservation and the Project Kiwi Trust, among others. 

We simply couldn't exist without the support of Whitianga Vets. They have an invaluable range of diagnostic tools and equipment that allows us to find out what can be done for the birds we bring in.

Some of our patients

About Kuaotunu Bird Rescue

The story of Kuaotunu Bird Rescue started in 2005 when someone brought an abandoned duckling to Annemieke Kregting.

Other wild birds soon followed, and Kuaotunu Bird Rescue was born.

A complex and demanding job

Caring for wild birds until they are well enough to be rehabilitated into the wild is a job that requires dedication, specialised knowledge and endless patience.

As an authorised wildlife rehabilitator, Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust takes responsibility for its feathered patients through all stages of their recovery, including the initial first aid and diagnostic process, the ongoing care and feeding of recuperating birds, and their eventual (if possible) release into the wild.

In addition to these tasks Annemieke Kregting of Kuaotunu Bird Rescue is a certified bander of native birds, and donates a significant amount of time to the education of the wider community (particularly young people) on the importance of caring for wildlife. 

Need advice?

Whether you've found a sick or injured bird and would like to know what to do next, or have found a baby bird and are wondering whether or not it needs rescuing, our Advice page contains useful articles on how to handle, care for and conserve wild birds.

If you appreciate the work that we do...

Photo: Ian Preece Photography

Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust is grateful for the generous support it receives from the following organisations:


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