Rotoroa Island Takahē bird release Hauraki Gulf Auckland

Rotoroa Island released a pair of takahē birds as a part of a their programme to help recover the endangered species. The public were welcomed to come and watch, around 150 people ferried over for the day to be apart the special event.

Rotoroa island is a very unique centre of arts, heritage and conservations for New Zealand bird life

Everyone gathered at Cable bay waiting for the pair to fly in by sea plane.

Mulgrew the male and Fyfee where release by Finn McKessar and Lucas Molloy (he is great-nephew of Peter Mulgrew, famous NZ explorer who the takahe is named after)
There were less than 100 Takahe left in the wild but DOC's recovery programme has brought the numbers up to more than 370. Hopefully Mulgrew and Fyffe will bear chicks and in time will be release back into the wild.
Did you know you can book a guided tour around the island? The 90 min walk covers large parts of the island and you gain first hand knowledge about it's history, bird life and plants.
Learn how the sanctuary keeps the place pest free
Get close and personal with the wild life
Plenty of activities for the kids including the Eco-system guide and observation chart. Helping you to identity various species and plant life.
Want to stay longer than a day? They also offer accommodation with stunning views, great times for the family.
There is always something to do or explore here at Rotoroa Island
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