Fancy waking up listening to the unique morning chorus of tui birdsong?
Ripple is home to some of the most iconic and melodious birdsongs you’re likely to encounter in the morning anywhere in New Zealand, thanks to our uniquely quiet and peaceful location set within a backdrop of towering trees.
Ripple’s most talkative avian inhabitants are the tui, known for their rich, melodious and varied song, which often includes a combination of musical notes, clicks and even mimicry of other sounds.
This beautiful native bird has iridescent dark feathers and a distinctive white tuft at its throat, and can be seen throughout the day darting from one tree to the next – talking all the while.
The piwakawaka (fantail) and pukeko are two other talkative feathered residents you’re likely to hear in the morning, known for their cheerful chirping and distinctive dialogue.
To make the most of this unique experience, take a coffee and walk along the stream while the birds sing above you, or sit on our reflection seat to soak it all in. Or you can simply lie in the comfort of your room and enjoy the sounds of nature’s communication network at its finest.