The katipo spider is one of the most poisonous spiders in New Zealand. The venom is powerful and the spider is fiercely protected. Although they are native, the katipo has a low population and is endangered.
The redback spider is another venomous spider. They have a white tip and round black body. They can be found in the north island and in the south. They are closely related to the katipos. They are known for their painful bite.
The white tailed spider is also venomous. The adult spider can be about 15mm long and has a small white patch on the end of its “tail”.
The white tailed spider is most commonly seen in New Zealand. They live in bush and gardens. The females usually moult less than the males. When bitten, they need good wound care.
The white tailed spiders can be found in the northern half of the North Island. They are also present in Central Otago.
The daddy-long legs spider is the most poisonous in the world. Its short teeth and short legs make it a formidable predator. The poison in its venom can be fatal.
The goliath birdeater is a South American member of the tarantula family. The spider’s venom is a powerful sting. It will eat anything.
The huntsman spider is an Australian import. It is fast moving and will rid your house of other spiders. It is known locally as the Avondale spider.
The tunnel web spider is another native to New Zealand. It is similar to the venomous funnel web spider. It has been here since the 1980s.