Display Sites

One of the best place to meet a takahē is at a Display Site.

These are the sites which care for our older or infertile birds or those who have bred a little too well and are now ‘over represented ‘in the takahē population.
Takahē at display sites are our ambassadors, providing you with an opportunity to get close to and admire these amazing ‘pre-historic’ looking birds.

See where to find a takahē near you…





Orokonui Ecosanctuary

600 Blueskin Rd, Dunedin
Phone 03 482 1755


Takahe feeding at Orokonui. Photo: Elton Smith

Quammen and Paku at Orokonui


Who lives here?

Quammen and Paku are retired from the breeding programme, but that hasn’t stopped them building a nest and laying eggs. Unfortunately since the eggs were not fertile they haven’t produced chicks.

Quammen came to Orokonui from Maud Island where he and his mate had produced 18 eggs, but none of them hatched.

Paku came from Kapiti Island where over many years trying she had only produced one chick.  That chick was Kawa, who now lives at the Te Anau Wildlife Centre.





Releasing takahe chick. Photo : Barry Harcourt

Releasing a takahe chick into Te Anau Wildlife Centre. Photo: B Harcourt

Punanga Manu O Te Anau / Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

Manapouri – Te Anau Highway
Phone 03 249 7924 (Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre)


Who lives here?
Monty is a retired girl now well beyond her breeding years. She’s been living at the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary for quite a while now.  Uncle Aka, from Mana Island recently joined her. He’d had trouble finding a mate or holding territory on Mana and so had never bred. The great news is they have found romance in their golden years and are now inseperable, though that doesn’t stop Unlce Aka muscling in on Monty’s food.
Kawa and Tumbles are younger birds. Tumbles is infertile and Kawa has genes that are already over-represented in the takahe breeding population.

You can join DOC rangers  feeding the takahe daily at 10.30am in winter and 9.30am in summer.



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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

60 Hussey Road
Phone 03 359 6226


Chick-snuggled-up-with-Maroro. Photo: Willowbank

Spot the chick , a little ball of black fluff snuggled up beside her mother

Who lives here?
Tee Bee came to Willowbank from Mana Island having supposedly reached the end of his breeding years. But introduced to Maroro from Maud Island, the pair of them surprised everyone by

producing a chick. Like many young takahē in the wild, Marihi spent the first two years of her life with her parents. She will join the breeding population in late 2015.










Zealandia - Orange & BlackZealandia

Waiapu Road, Karori
Phone 04 920 9213



takahe preening. Photo : B Doran.

Puffin & T2 preening. Photo: B Doran

Who lives here?

T2 and Puffin retired from Mana Island and are spending their golden years living the good life at Zealandia.  Settled in and unafraid of people, they are a popular visitor attraction.

T2 gets his unusual name from his father Snow; his aggressive nature and no fear of human’s earned the nickname “Terminator”.  Luckily T2 is far more friendly than his father.

Keeping the romance alive, Puffin and T2 have nested since arriving at Zealandia but being elderly birds their eggs are no longer viable.

You can see Puffin and T2  in the wetland area at Zealandia, especially around midday, anticipating the delivery of their daily feed.




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Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre

State Highway 2, Masterton
Phone 06 375 8004



Two takahe feeding from hopper. Photo

Bud and Natural feeding from hopper.



Who lives here?
Natural and Bud are a couple of rainbow retirees living out their takahe twilight years in comfort at Pukaha Mt Bruce.

Following many unsuccessful breeding attempts Natural was exiled from Mana Island to Pukaha to make room for a more virile male.  Bud joined him from Tiritiri Matangi Island where he too had failed to breed.

Bud was originally called Blossom – it’s difficult to tell a male takahe from a female.






Auckland Zoo

Motions Road
Western Springs, Auckland
Phone 09 360 3805

Auckland-zoo-takaheWho lives here?

Montague and Ahikaea live with the whio / blue duck in the high country habitat area of  Te Wao Nui at the Auckland Zoo.

Montague led a bit of a nomadic life.  He hatched on Kapiti Island  and moved to Tiritiri Matangi Island as a five year old bird.  With so few takahe in the world they must be moved around to ensure they do not breed with close relatives on islands.

Ahikaea was hatched on Titirtiri Matangi and is daughter to that well known character Greg the mischievous takahe who once greeted visitors to the island, before stealing their lunch!

Montague and Ahikaea have been together for many years and successfully raised six chicks before retiring to Auckland Zoo.





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