New Zealand is fortunate in having very few poisonous creatures which are likely to be a problem for humans. One that can cause a nasty bite however is the Australian White-Tailed Spider which was first discovered in New Zealand in 1886 and which has now become established throughout the North Island. This evening I met the first one that I can recall seeing at close quarters and photographing. I'm sure that if I'd photographed one before then I would have blogged about it.
Their preferred habitat is under dry bark and plants but will often be seen inside houses, where they look for shelter from the light, after hunting at night. The spider often hides in clothing, especially if it is left lying around on the floor. Note to me: 'Keep clothes in case whilst in Tauranga!'
This one is a fairly small young one (the light bars on either side of the abdomen fade when they become adults).