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See a takahē for free this Easter


The password has been revealed letting children see one of NZ’s rarest birds for free during April.

To celebrate Takahē Awareness Month, Toyota Kiwi Guardians and four ecosanctuaries around the country, have teamed up to provide Kiwi Guardians free entry to see a takahē and complete their next adventure.

The four takahē sanctuaries which participants can visit for free during April are:

•           Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre (Wairarapa)

•           ZEALANDIA (Wellington)

•           Orokonui Ecosanctuary (Otago)

•           Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (Waikato)

Ideal dates to take children to experience their nature outing are throughout the April school holidays, including Easter weekend and ANZAC day.

To access the discount, Kiwi Guardians just need to show the special codeword they were emailed for being part of the program at the counter of any of these sanctuaries.

Not a Kiwi Guardian yet? Visit, complete an action or adventure and receive your special code when you redeem your medal.

With around 376 takahē in the population today, takahē have come a long way since being considered extinct over 70 years ago. These sanctuaries are island and mainland sites which manage habitat and predator numbers to ensure takahē are safe. Along with providing safe habitat for takahē populations, these sanctuaries provide excellent advocacy opportunities for the public to see rare threatened species.

Toyota Kiwi Guardians was set up in 2016 to encourage children and their families to get outdoors and enjoy nature. There are currently over 110 Toyota Kiwi Guardians adventure sites from Northland to Stewart Island.

Toyota New Zealand CEO Alistair Davis said, “Like DOC, Toyota is passionate about making it easy for families to have great experiences in our national parks and reserves and realise they are worth protecting.”

Since the programme launched in 2016, over 40,000 medals have been claimed by 28,000 Kiwi Guardians in New Zealand.