iNaturalist NZ — Mātaki Taiao

iNaturalist NZ — Mātaki Taiao

Join friends of iNaturalist NZ — Mātaki Taiao to make us bigger and better.


We have an active membership that are recording several hundred observations per day. There is a small army of dedicated people that help ID observations and contribute to the community. Giving a little to iNaturalist NZ will allow us to grow and develop new functionality to support our community. This will allow us to run more community events, collaborate with local schools, and raise awareness of natural history throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

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iNaturalist NZ (previously NatureWatch NZ) is a place where you can share what you see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about New Zealand animals, plants, and fungi.

The world is filled with nature watchers, from trampers to hunters, birders to beach-combers, and pros to school kids. Many of us keep notes of what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might learn about the butterflies that live in your neighbourhood, or discover someone who knows all about the plants in your favourite reserve. For a long time, everyone's notes have been scattered in notebooks, private spreadsheets and dusty library shelves. As a society, we have seen a lot but collectively we remain blind to most changes in our biodiversity. If enough people record their observations on iNaturalist NZ, we can change all this. We can build a living record of life in New Zealand that scientists and environmental managers can use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone can use to learn more about New Zealand's amazing natural history.

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Latest donations

Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 06 Jan 2024
Thank you for all that you do. Identifying plants has been such a help, especially the noxious ones!
Hilary on 04 Jan 2024
Thanks to the team. I have learnt so much from INaturalist!
chrisc on 14 Jun 2023
Thanks to all the team and other contributors who 'churn the wheels' at iNatNZ.
Jon on 11 Nov 2022
Donation from the Heathcote Valley Community Association
Lift on 09 Sep 2022

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