Wildlife is mostly about the birds. Apart from the ubiquitous weka, there are the supercilious mollymawks, brightly coloured oyster catchers, the superb sleek terns, whizzing around like fighter jets and the rather sinister skuas.
Loads of harriers, occasional falcon and priestly herons (deliberate theft from Dylan Thomas!). Look up the legendary story of the Chatham Island Robin – a species recovered from a single remaining female.
Four legged creatures tend to be domesticated and a distinct hazard on the mainly shingle roads. As for the legless, both a 2m shark and a seal passed within a couple of metres of my feet as I fished off the rocks – stirring moments but they frightened off the cod!