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Northland is one of the hot spots for community-led kiwi groups.

Kiwi species

These groups are working to help save the brown kiwi – specifically the form known as Northland brown kiwi.

Kiwi sanctuaries and mainland islands

Northland has one of the five kiwi sanctuaries managed by the Department of Conservation – near Whangarei.

It also has one of the Department’s six mainland islands – Trounson Kauri Park – where introduced pests are intensively managed to help protect Northland brown kiwi.

Kiwi Distribution

Care of the Department of Conservation Whangarei office we have GIS mapping of kiwi estimated densities throughout Northland. That map can be viewed here.

Seeing kiwi

In Northland, captive kiwi can be seen at the Nocturnal Park, Kaitaia, and at Whangarei Museum, Whangarei.

You may be able to see wild kiwi during a tour at Trounson Kauri Park or the Aroha Island Ecological Centre in Kerikeri. Or if you volunteer to help the local kiwi groups.

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Bream Head Conservation Trust »

Bream Head is home to a number of threatened species including the New Zealand wood pigeon and Northland brown kiwi.

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Mahinepua »

The Mahinepua Mainland Island Project aims to control pests and predators to foster a remnant population of Brown Kiwi.

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Matakohe – Limestone Island »

The vision of this community-led restoration programme is to return Limestone island to the functioning coast forest ecosystem it once was.

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NZ Kiwi Foundation »

The Kiwi Foundation has five full-time equivalent staff whose jobs take them all over the Far North District, trapping and poisoning animal pests.

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Puketi Forest »

The Puketi Forest Trust aims to restore the forest's diverse bird life with its project called Oho Mai Puketi (Awaken Puketi).

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Whakaangi »

The Whakaangi Landcare Trust was formed to do three main things - to control predators, conserve kiwi and restore the area's native forest.

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Whangarei Heads »

The Whangarei Heads community are joining forces to protect kiwi, remove weeds and restore its biodiversity.