In the Canterbury region, two community-led kiwi groups are under way.
This site introduces one of those community groups, and it also introduces an innovative education programme developed by a leading Christchurch-based fashion brand:
The Arthur’s Pass community group works to help save great spotted kiwi.
Kiwi sanctuaries and mainland islands
Canterbury is close to two of the Department of Conservation’s five kiwi sanctuaries – at Okarito and at Haast.
One of the Department’s six mainland islands is in north Canterbury – Hurunui. Mainland islands are places where introduced pests are intensively managed to help protect kiwi.
There are several opportunities to see captive kiwi at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Park.
The nearest opportunity to possibly see wild kiwi are the Okarito and Haast kiwi sanctuaries or by joining Okarito Kiwi Tours.
You may also see kiwi if you volunteer to help the Arthur’s Pass community project.