With only about 285 takahē left in the world and none outside of New Zealand, you might think it impossible to meet a live takahē. The good news is that there are takahē at eighteen sites around New Zealand.
The easiest place to find a takahē is at one of the six Display Sites between Auckland and Southland where older or infertile takahē are retired to make room for younger birds at breeding sites. Display sites often have specific guided talks and feeding times where you can learn more about these fascinating birds and have the opportunity to get up face to face and get some photos.
Alternatively you can also make a day of it and visit one of the takahē breeding sites which is open to the public. These include Tawharanui Open Sanctuary,Tiritiri Matangi Island, Motutapu Island and Rotoroa Island near Auckland, Maungatautari Ecological Island in the Waikato, Cape Sanctuary at Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay, and Mana and Kapiti Islands off the Wellington Coast. Or you can even observe them while enjoying a game of golf at the Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary near Taupo.