According to NZ Frog there are four species of native frogs and three species of introduced frogs in New Zealand. We’re lucky at Waikawa Beach to have plenty of frogs around in the grasses and at the lakes. If you can hear the frogs though, they aren’t the natives.
The Green and Golden Bell Frog — Litoria aurea
Green, interspersed with gold or bronze. These frogs can grow quite big.
The Southern Bell Frog — Litoria raniformis
These tend to be darker brown and more warty.
Large black dragonflies are forever flying into our house in summer. I rescue them when I can — they hold on tight to fingers and can take some encouragement to fly away again. Find identification info at the NZ Dragonfly Index.
Paper Wasps seem to be quite numerous — around our place, at least. I can personally attest to how painful their sting is! Beware while gardening.
I’ve found a cautious application of plentiful fly spray (Raid flying insect killer) kills them nicely.