The star of the Punanga Manu o Te Anau / Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is undeniably the flightless takahē.
Once thought to be extinct the prehistoric bird was rediscovered in 1948 in the Murchison Mountain range, a place that today is one of the native bird’s last strongholds.
Takahē only breed once a year, raising one to two chicks and Visit Fiordland Tourism and Marketing executive Gemma Heaney says summer is the ideal time to view the next generation.
“ Today takahē are drawing back from the brink of extinction and during summer there is an opportunity see the success of this taonga species during their nesting and chick raising season. The Te Anau Bird Sanctuary has a special connection to where these birds were found as the Murchison Mountains can be seen directly from here.”
A daily guided takahe feeding tour operates at 10.30am and tickets can be purchased at the Fiordland National Park Visitors Centre for $10. The tour allows entry into the enclosure for an intimate experience with the prized bird.
Bookings online: www.doc.govt.nz/teanaubirdsanctuary