We’ve been working hard to update our kiwi distribution maps to show where kiwi are present (and absent), but we need the help of all New Zealanders to join the Quest for Kiwi and to add further kiwi points on the maps. This will help us understand where we need to direct efforts to protect them.
There are many ways to identify kiwi – from their calls, feathers, probe holes, burrows, poo or footprints. Take your smartphone or camera with you so that you can record the evidence, then upload it to the Quest for Kiwi page. This will help us (and others) to verify your sighting so that we make sure we get things right.
We welcome everyone from experts to novice to join in. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for or listening for, visit these pages on our website.
If you are a kiwi or bird expert then please help us verify the observations that get uploaded!
We have specific areas where we are especially keen to know if kiwi are present or absent (if you go out listening and don’t hear anything, please let us know!). These are highlighted on the map on the Quest for Kiwi page, but records from any part of New Zealand would be welcome.
We hope you enjoy your time in nature getting to know your national icon, and thank you for participating in the Quest for Kiwi!
Quest for Kiwi is a joint initiative between DOC, Kiwis for kiwi and iNaturalist.