About kiwi - Header Image

The kiwi is a biological oddity and full of character. More than any other native animal, they are entwined in our identity as New Zealanders.

It is unthinkable that kiwi should be allowed to disappear – the world would lose an intriguing bird genetically unchanged for millions of years.

Saving kiwi brings communities together, creates employment and helps restore native forests where many other native species also live, and therefore also benefit.

Trust-supported restoration plantings also help lock carbon away, improve air and water quality, prevent erosion, and build healthy soils – the list goes on.

It’s win–win all the way.

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New Zealand’s icon - teaser image

New Zealand’s icon »

Kiwi are a natural fit with New Zealanders’ national psyche - we relate to their quirkiness, and are all proud to be called 'Kiwis'

Kiwi facts & characteristics - teaser image

Kiwi facts & characteristics »

Small, flightless and largely nocturnal, the kiwi’s characteristics make it unique in the bird world.

Kiwi species - teaser image

Kiwi species »

For much of last century, in the days before genetic research, kiwi were classified according to their body structure.

Threats to kiwi - teaser image

Threats to kiwi »

Two hundred years ago, millions of kiwi lived all through New Zealand’s forests, and the night air echoed with their calls.

Where to see kiwi - teaser image

Where to see kiwi »

It’s a thrill to see live kiwi. They can be seen in the wild and at a number of facilities.