Experience the release of a breeding pair of takahē on predator free Rotoroa Island, a rare opportunity to view these birds ‘up close and personal’. Plant a native seedling and explore our island sanctuary’s bush walks, endangered wildlife and small museum sharing Rotoroa’s fascinating history.
Duration: Full day
Date: Sat 5th September 2020
Time: Ferry departs 9:00 from Auckland, 10:05 from Orapiu. Departing Rotoroa 3:30pm.
What: Takahē Release and Planting Day
Cost: From Auckland: $55 per adult / $33 per child. From Orapiu: $30 per adult / $21 per child
How to book: 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.
Thought to be extinct, takahē were rediscovered in 1948. In the last 72 years there has been extraordinary efforts by the Takahē Recovery Programme, managed by the Department of Conservation (DoC) with the aim of protecting and promoting population growth for this endangered species of large, flightless bird. Rotoroa Island is a part of this highly successful programme and as a predator-free environment, Rotoroa is an ideal and proven “creche” for takahē chicks.
Despite their population growing over 10% per year, there are still only around 400 takahē; this will be an special chance to witness conservation in action.
We hope you can join us for this special occasion.
Read about Rotoroa Island's resident takahē.
Find out more about the Department of Conservation's Takahē Recovery Programme.
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.