April 01 2019
- April 30 2019
There are eight takahē living on Rotoroa Island. They’re free to roam, so just ask the island rangers when you arrive and they’ll let you know the best spot to look for them. Fyffe and Mulgrew are the newest breeding pair and are usually on the northern end of the island. Teichelman and Silberhorn, with their one-year-old yearling helper Aupiki and new chick, are often seen in the middle of the island. Tupuarangi and Kuini, the hopeful new match, have made the southern end their territory.
Celebrating Takahē Recovery Event on 27 April
- Takahē Recovery Walk & Talk: Rotoroa Island’s Ecologist Jo Ritchie and Caretaker Manager Toni Rigarlsford will speak about the history of takahē, their eight resident takahē, and how you can help protect them.
- Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
- Name a takahē chick: You’ll also have a chance to vote on a name for the newest takahē chick – another girl!
- Kids activities: Kids are encouraged to make a takahē drawing to decorate the walls, and will go into the draw to win exciting prizes. Parents can enjoy a tea or coffee.
To book, select the Auckland to Rotoroa ferry tickets for 27 April. All Takahē Recovery events are complimentary with your ferry ticket.
Please note the time for the regularly scheduled Guided Walk will be adjusted to 2:00pm, and bookings are essential.
How to View Takahē
- Give wildlife space: Keep a safe distance from takahē at all times, they are taonga species and should be treated with respect.
- Do not feed the birds: Feeding our birds and other wildlife can cause them serious harm. Even though they might try to persuade you otherwise, human food is not part of their natural diet. Worst case scenario, the wrong food can be fatal.
- Takahē are one of only two New Zealand flightless, herbivorous ‘mega fauna’ to survive human contact.
- Takahē are classed as Nationally Vulnerable threatened species, with 376 birds, and 115 breeding pairs in the population.
- 50 years after takahē were thought to be extinct, the takahē was rediscovered in Fiordland on 20 November 1948. This launched the Takahē Recovery Programme, the longest running endangered species programme.