Taranaki Kōhanga Kiwi at Rotokare (TKKR)

Rotokare and Taranaki Kiwi Trust (TKT) are partnered in an exciting kiwi project called Taranaki Kōhanga Kiwi at Rotokare (TKKR). A kōhanga is a nursery and breeding site, in this case a protected area where kiwi can breed in abundance without interference of introduced predators. 

Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust and Taranaki Kiwi Trust are working jointly on this project as a cost-effective and ecologically viable way of boosting numbers throughout Taranaki and beyond.

One goal of the project is to return a permanent breeding population of kiwi to Rotokare to not only contribute to kiwi survival, but also make it possible for the public to experience the success first hand. 

Kiwi calls can already be heard at night in out 24/7 publicly accessible sanctuary. In a later phase, when the population has established and grown, surplus kiwi will be captured and then released to other safe areas in the region and beyond.

We offer guided night tours periodically throughout the year, coming along to these is a great way of learning more about kiwi and other nocturnal creatures.


For more info on Taranaki Kōhanga Kiwi at Rotokare, see the latest newsletter below: