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In Taranaki, about three community-led kiwi groups are under way.

This site introduces those three community groups:


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


Of the five kiwi sanctuaries managed by the Department of Conservation, the one closest to the Taranaki area is at Tongariro.

The Department also manages six mainland islands where introduced pests are intensively managed to help protect native species.  The nearest mainland island with kiwi is Boundary Stream, in Hawke’s Bay.


The closest places to see captive kiwi are the Nga Manu Trust, Waikanae, and the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, in the Wairarapa.

The nearest opportunities to see wild kiwi is at Zealandia, in Wellington city.

You may also see kiwi if you volunteer to help the local kiwi groups.

East Taranaki Environment Trust – Purangi Kiwi Project - teaser image

East Taranaki Environment Trust – Purangi Kiwi Project »

The East Taranaki Environment Trust is dedicated to protecting kiwis and their forest home through pest management.

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Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust »

Rotokare is a fenced pest-free forest reserve in south Taranaki. The scenic reserve is a popular recreation spot with a strong conservation focus.

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Taranaki Kiwi Trust »

The Taranaki Kiwi Trust is proof that great things can come from humble beginnings.