Wild Kaitorete Spit

An untamed slice of the Canterbury coastline can be found at Kaitorete Spit.  It is a narrow finger of sand and gravel nearly 30 km in length, created from materials eroded by rivers on the Canterbury Plains and carried north by shore currents.  It forms a barrier between Lake Ellesmere and the Pacific Ocean.  It is home to an abundance of bird and plant life, and also mineral and gem stones that wash up after big storms.

Kaitorete Spit with Banks Peninsula in background

Oyster catchers and ocean shingle

Oyster catchers

White faced heron


Beach flowers

At the eastern end of The Spit is the small fishing settlement of Birdlings Flat.

House at Birdlings Flat

Fishing buoys

Pacific Ocean and Banks Peninsula from Kaitorete Spit

Waves rolling on to Kaitorete Spit

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