The rowi kiwi is the rarest kiwi in NZ with only about 350 birds living in the Okarito Forest in south Westland. This spring 35 last year’s chicks were returned to the forest after being hatched and raised on a predator free island in the Marlborough Sounds.

Birds need to be 1kg in weight before they can fend off predators in the wild and the BNZ Operation Nest Egg programme enables a team of Department of Conservation staff to remove eggs from the wild nests, raise the chicks and monitor them with after release.

This year I was lucky enough to join a group of volunteers to help carry kiwi into the forest and release them into natural burrows. It was one of those very rare wonderful lifetime experiences. Learn more about rowi kiwi or join a guided tour to see them in the wild, during your stay at Paramata Lodge.

Nov 2010

NZ rarest kiwi helped survive  NZ rarest kiwi helped survive