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New Zealand Naturally: Relaxing Birdsong & Nature Sounds from Aotearoa

by Clive Williamson

These relaxing recordings capture the true beauty of New Zealand’s natural sounds: from enchanting bird-calls of tui, bellbird and kokako, the peaceful Pacific ocean and glowworm caves to the power of distant rolling thunder and geothermal activity.
Genre: New Age: Nature
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wattle Track in the Wind, Tiritiri Matangi Island
4:56 $0.99
2. Dawn to Dusk Relaxation
13:37 $2.49
3. Kapiti Island (Tui’s Paradise)
9:02 $0.99
4. Waitomo & King Country (Weta Mix 2018)
11:38 $2.49
5. Pacific Shores (Kaikoura; Oamaru & Otago)
6:57 $0.99
6. Bellbird Dawn, South Island
4:14 $0.99
7. The Spirit of Summer, NZ
8:34 $0.99
8. The Power of Mother Earth (Rotorua)
5:59 $0.99
9. Nga Manu (The Birds)
3:25 $0.99
10. A Kokako’s Dream (Mapara Wildlife Reserve)
3:59 $0.99
11. Morning Melodies (Daybreak, Tiritiri Matangi)
6:17 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Listen to New Zealand… its forests; its waterfalls; its streams. Peaceful sounds from the Southern Hemisphere to soothe away the stresses of life. New Zealand Naturally is a unique collection of birdsong and natural sounds from a country that no‑one who visits ever forgets. A country that refreshes; replenishes; inspires.

Lose yourself in the enchanting calls of Korimako {Bellbirds}, Tūī and Kōkako. Or simply picture yourself on an endless Pacific beach at sunset, lulled by the music of the gently lapping waves. Listen to ‘Aotearoa’ and get as far away from it all as you possibly can!

These relaxing recordings by Clive Williamson capture the true beauty of New Zealand’s natural sounds: from enchanting bird-calls, the peaceful Pacific ocean and glowworm caves to the power of distant rolling thunder and geothermal activity. The album features the songs of many birds including the Tūī, Kākā, Tīeke {Saddleback} and Hihi {Stitchbird}; gently calming early morning forest and bush atmospheres; the sounds of hot springs & bubbling mud; and the ebb and flow of the sea.

Enjoy relaxing to these ‘Postcards in Sound’ from a remarkable natural haven!

How New Zealand Naturally was recorded...
In the southern hemisphere’s summer of 1995/96 and spring of ’97, musician and sound engineer Clive Williamson visited New Zealand to record the country’s beautiful nature sounds. The result was AOTEAROA – Nature Sounds of New Zealand, an album which captured the essence of many of NZ’s amazing natural environments. From forests and bush to Pacific shores, via waterfalls, caves, streams and extraordinary geothermal activity, the album featured relaxing and energizing ‘postcards in sound’ from all over the country. Clive Williamson’s recording odyssey took him from the Bay of Islands in the north to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula in the south to hear New Zealand’s wonderful natural atmospheres and the calls of entrancing birds like the Tūī, Bellbird and Saddleback.

The New Zealand Tourism Board’s London office were so impressed by the quality of the recordings and the way AOTEAROA evoked the natural atmospheres of NZ that they sponsored its release in the UK. They saw the album as a perfect way to promote New Zealand as a unique holiday destination that ‘refreshes, replenishes and inspires.’

The original version of the album was released in the U.K. in May 1997, with six tracks and a playing time of 52 minutes. A special New Zealand edition soon followed, which was manufactured in NZ and distributed throughout the country by Auckland-based ODE Records and Marbeck’s record stores.

New Zealand Naturally...
Since then, Clive has been back to NZ several times to discover remarkable new soundscapes on both the North and South Islands. The final result from all his visits is this album: New Zealand Naturally, which captures the essence of even more of NZ’s beautiful natural environments. This 21st Anniversary edition adds five new tracks, extending the playing time to over 78 minutes.

Unique ‘Sound Journeys’...
Each track on the album is presented as a sound journey through a different region of New Zealand. The bird-rich off-shore island sanctuaries of Tiritiri Matangi and Kapiti are both featured, as is Rotorua and the Pacific coastline of the South Island with its colonies of Little Blue and Yellow Eyed penguins. Another ‘journey’ was recorded in Waitomo and King Country in the centre of North Island, where Clive was caught in a thunderstorm in Mapara Wildlife Reserve. The spectacular rolling thunder is one of the highlights of the album, as is the atmospheric sound of water dripping in Waitomo’s famous glowworm caves afterwards.

With its superb recording quality and evocative peaceful atmospheres, anyone can now soothe away the stresses of life and be transported to this wonderful country by listening to New Zealand Naturally!

Helping Ecology in New Zealand...
During his travels with his tape recorder, Clive was particularly impressed by the dedicated ecological work he encountered all over NZ. “Many of the places I visited were doing an amazing job conserving and restoring New Zealand’s fascinating endemic wildlife,” he says, “like Kapiti Island; the Yellow Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve near Dunedin; and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. But the place that seemed to need the most help was Tiritiri Matangi Island, so we are donating a portion of the royalties from this album to them as a contribution to their marvellous work with endangered species of birds such as the kōkako, saddleback, stitchbird and takahē!”

Features sounds from:
Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu Thermal Reserves (Rotorua), Waitomo Glowworm Caves, the Hauraki Gulf, Kaikoura, birdsong and bird calls including tūī, korimako (or makomako) {North Island bellbird}, tīeke {saddleback}, kākā, kea, pīwakawaka {fantail}, ruru {morepork}, pōpokotea {whitehead}, toutouwai {NZ North Island robin}, hihi {stitchbird}, kākāriki {red-crowned parakeet}, riroriro {grey warbler}, hoiho {yellow-eyed penguin}, kororā {blue penguin}, weka, kihikihi {cicadas}, chaffinch, yellowhammer, song-thrush, sparrow & Australian magpie, Tiritiri Matangi and Kapiti islands, gentle rainfall, distant thunder, surf, Mapara Reserve, Shakespear Regional Park, Ngā Manu Sanctuary, Whangaparaoa Bay, the dawn chorus, temperate rain forests, and the Pacific ocean.
Additional recordings from 1995/6, 2001 and 2017 add the sounds of: kōkako, kiwi, South Island bellbirds, kererū
{NZ pigeon}, miromiro {tomtit}, kōtare {NZ kingfisher}, blackbird, wētā, and Lake Rotoiti (Bellbird Walk).



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