Public kiwi releases on Saturday 15 November
3rd November 2014
Come along and be part of a special event to release two kiwi
chicks on Rotoroa. Get in quick to secure your spot; numbers are
The chicks, hatched at Auckland Zoo from eggs collected
from Te Mata in The Coromandel, will be released on Rotoroa,
joining three other kiwi - Aratangi, Tuatahi and Ngawari
- released last month.
The introduction of kiwi marks the start of a new programme
between Rotoroa Island Trust, Auckland Zoo and Thames Coast Kiwi
Care (TCKC) that will help boost the population of Coromandel North
Island brown kiwi - the rarest of the four distinct types of brown
kiwi. Up to 20 chicks could be released onto Rotoroa each
year. It's estimated that only 1500 Coromandel brown kiwi survive
on the peninsula. Kiwi from Rotoroa will be returned to the wild
once they reach maturity.
ORDER OF EVENTS
- 360 Discovery Cruises depart for Rotoroa from Auckland at
8:45am (Orapiu, Waiheke from 9:45am).
- Visitors arrive at Rotoroa at 10am.
- Kiwi releases will occur at 11am and 1pm and will be
accompanied by a kiwi conservation talk from Auckland Zoo keepers.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to see a kiwi chick
close up but will not be able to touch the birds.
- A free sausage sizzle will operate at Home Bay from 3pm.
- Ferries depart for Auckland (and Waiheke) at 5:15pm.
WHAT TO BRING
- Rotoroa has no shops so please bring a packed lunch and a
drink. Drinking water is available on the island.
- Wear sturdy walking shoes and pack sunblock, a hat, togs and
- All bags must be pest proof as Rotoroa is pest free; this means
no open or shopping bags. A rucksack with zip is perfect but please
check your bags for insects and rodents, and pack food in a
sealable container. Make sure your shoes are clean and free of
TICKETS & TERMS
Ferry tickets for the kiwi release event are limited. A wet
weather back up day has been scheduled for Sunday 16 November.
Please book your tickets through 360 Discovery Cruises: 360discoverycruises.co.nz
Adults: $50; children aged 5-15: $30; infants under 5 are
Families (2 adults and 2 children): $130
WAIHEKE (ORAPIU) PRICES
Adults: $22; children aged 5-15: $13; infants under 5 are free
Families (2 adults and 2 children): $57
Although the release of kiwi chicks is planned for 15
November, it is possible that operational requirements or health
concerns about the chicks may cause the public release to be
cancelled without notice; we hope this won't happen but you never