Takahē on Rotoroa Island

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We have eight resident takahē on Rotoroa Island. Visitors are likely to see them hanging out in the central part of the island.

Our first breeding pair of takahē were released on Rotoroa Island in May 2015. The birds – named Teichelman (male) and Silberhorn (female) – are now roaming the island with their fledgling, Aupiki, and chick, Teina. Also on Rotoroa are two other breeding pairs, Tupuarangi and Kuini, plus Mulgrew and Fyffe.

Past visitors who met our first takahē chick (Kaiako) will be happy to hear she is fully grown was and released into the Murchison Mountains in August 2018. This is a fantastic success for our Takahe breeding programme as she was the first chick born on Rotoroa Island. We can't wait for you to come and find our precious birds.


When you do see a takahē, please let them find their own food and stay a reasonable distance away from them. More about takahē and the incredible programme supporting their recovery can be found here