April 01 2019 - April 30 2019


Tiritiri Matangi is home to eight takahē. Edge and Turutu with their chick can be seen at the northern end of the Island, and Anatori and Tussie with Waimarie (last year’s chick) and two new checks from this season are near the Visitor Centre. Read more about them here.

Two Takahe on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Special Activities

  • Learn about the takahēThe resident takahe can often be seen near the Visitor Centre. Takahē ambassadors will be on hand to chat with you. Tiritiri Matangi’s DOC rangers will feed the takahē at approximately 1:30pm daily throughout April. Takahē are given a precise amount of food, specifically formulated for them by Massey University. 
  • Children’s activities: Stop in the Visitor Centre and pick up a special takahē colouring page and take home a sheet to make your own mask. There are also takahē fact sheets available.
  • The longest takahē poem: Lend some words to the world’s longest takahē poem! The Visitor Centre notice board will be transformed into an evolving takahē poem for everyone to contribute to. Follow along on Tiritiri Matangi’s Facebook page!

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 Facts

  • 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.