With only 376 takahē in existence this rare conservation event gives you 'up close and personal' access to a pair of takahē and to see the dedicated DOC takahē team in action.
Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event and witness the release of a breeding pair of takahē to their new predator-free home on Rotoroa. Plus you'll have the privilege of viewing these special birds ‘up close and personal’ and to see first hand the success of the DoC Takahē Recovery Programme in action.
8:45 am - Ferry from Auckland to Rotoroa Island
10:15 am - Welcome, biosecurity briefing, talk about Takahē Recovery Programme at Salisbury Room
11:00 am - 1:30 PM - Free to explore Rotoroa Island
1:30 pm - 2:00 PM - Walk to Cable Bay where takahē release is held
2:15 pm - Takahē release
5:15 pm - Ferry departs Rotoroa Island
Places for this release event are limited and bookings are essential. The event is FREE so all you need to do is book and purchase your ferry travel on the event date to attend this special release.
Duration: Full day
Ferry departure time: 8:45am from Pier 4, 139 Quay Street map
How to book:
While unlikely to cancel unless due to weather, here's how you can be sure this event will go ahead. Check the Rotoroa website here or Facebook page here for a cancellation notification.
If you are unsure, please call the Rotoroa Island duty phone on the morning of the event: 09 283 0849
*Wildlife Event Releases are held in association with Island partners and DOC. The welfare of native wildlife is top priority for our partners and schedules can change at short notice to ensure the safety and care of this precious cargo. If a wildlife release is postponed our standard cancellation policy applies. You can read this here.