Motuara Island bird sanctuary

Enjoy the chance to encounter special native birdlife on this island sanctuary.

It has taken an enormous amount of work over many decades to return the bush and the birds to islands like Motuara, which was covered in lush forest when Cook used it to claim sovereignty over the South Island in 1770. In the beginning of the twentieth century, the island was used for farming, but in 1920 Motuara was declared a reserve. The bird sanctuary is now predator free.

A lookout walk offers the chance to see native birds species such as tui, bellbird, cheeky robins and fantails, as well as yellow crowned parakeets and around 200 South Island saddlebacks.