An adult albatross that got lost in the wild weather battering Wellington has been rescued from the city's airport.
Wellington Airport fire services manager Daniel Debono said the bird was discovered distressed on the runway at first light.
"Albatross are not usually found in this area, so this adventurous bird had obviously became lost as a result of the weather. ``We even suspect he could have braved the storm all the way from Antarctica, as this type of albatross is not common in the region," he said.
The bird was rescued and taken into the warmth of the airport fire station.
"He was surprisingly happy to be inside, and stayed here for the rest of the morning," Mr Debono said.
"Even with significant weather related disruption, the welfare of this albatross was a priority for the airport team."
Airport staff contacted the SPCA and the bird was transported to Wellington Zoo's animal hospital to ensure it was fit to fly.