Rotoroa Island Kiwi Release

  • Duration
    30 minutes
  • Category
  • Location
    Rotoroa Island
  • Operating Season
    Friday 31st May
  • Price
    FREE with ferry ticket

Rotoroa Island Kiwi Release

Be part of this conservation celebration - join us for the unique opportunity to meet a Coromandel brown kiwi before the team from Rotoroa Island Trust release the chicks to their new home on Rotoroa Island...

Rotoroa Island Ferry + Kiwi Experience
$95 Adult
$50 Child
Child 5 - 15 years | Under 5 years travel free

THE MEET THE KIWI EXPERIENCE IS FREE with your ferry ticket for Friday 31 May.

We are excited to be working alongside Rotoroa Island Trust to share this very special experience to meet a Coromandel brown kiwi chick up close before its released on Rotoroa Island.

Rotoroa Island is a predator-free island sanctuary and acts as a creche for North Island Brown kiwi chicks from the Coromandel to thrive in the wild before being relocated around the country. 

Explore this beautiful island sanctuary while you are here. Book a 90 minute guided nature walk* with one of the island's rangers (available after the kiwi release experience) or download a map and explore the island's native bush and sandy bays at your own pace. With 8km of walking tracks, historic buildings and an award winning museum exhibition to discover there is plenty to see and do here. 

The opportunity for the public to meet a kiwi in person is an important part of Save the Kiwi's conservation programme - it's a chance to share why kiwi are so vulnerable, the huge effort required to look after our taonga species and how people can help make a difference. The bird's health is paramount and the kiwi handlers follow strict procedures set by Save the the Kiwi when handling chicks for this event.

Rotoroa Island's kiwi programme is in partnership with Save the Kiwi and the many people in the Coromandel community involved in kiwi conservation, you can learn more about it here.

* The guided nature walk departs from the Exhibition Centre at 1:45pm following the kiwi release event. This can be pre-booked online with your ferry ticket for an additional $22 per adult, $11 per child or $60 per family (2 Adults & 2 Children). Please note there is a minimum of 4 people required for a guided walk to operate.