Kiwi Release: 8 December 2019

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We're releasing a kiwi chick and you're invited!

Rotoroa Island is one of the few predator-free islands in the Hauraki Gulf, which acts as a creche for kiwi. Kiwis left in the wild have about a 5% survival rate, so we're part of the national kiwi recovery programme to help give young kiwi chicks the best chance possible. By releasing kiwi chicks in our safe island environment, the survival rate is brought up to 50-60%.

This kiwi chick is coming from the National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua in partnership with Kiwis for kiwi and Thames Coast Kiwi Care.

WHAT: Release of Kiwi chick on Rotoroa Island
WHEN: Sat 30 November, 2019, at 11am
WHERE: Exhibition Centre, Home Bay, Rotoroa Island
BOOKING: While no booking is required for the release, please book your ferry tickets in advance (select 8 December) with Fullers360

DAY PLAN

08:45 am  - Ferry departs downtown Auckland​
10:00 am - Ferry arrives at Rotoroa Island
11:00 am - Short welcome and introduction to kiwi chick (Home Bay)
11:30am - Guided Nature Walk (Bookings required)
                  Explore Rotoroa Island (if not on Guided Walk)
5:15 pm - Ferry departs Rotoroa Island

GETTING TO ROTOROA ISLAND

Fullers360 ferries depart from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island 

The trip takes just over an hour, with a stop-off at Waiheke's Orapiu wharf on the way to Rotoroa Island.

You can also get to Rotoroa Island by ferry from Coromandel.
Timetable and fare information: Fullers360 

Release event is FREE, but usual ferry ticket pricing applies. There are limited seats on the ferry, so get in quick! 

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