New Zealand is the land of birds. With no mammalian predators for millions of years, our birds evolved to be weird and wonderful, with no fear of ground predation. We’re also a seabird mecca, with more species than anywhere else in the world. This gives us no shortage of magical bird-watching spots, where you can get up close and personal with all sorts of species, from secretive kiwi to raucous kākā to soaring gannets. Read on for our favourite places.