A nationally significant conservation project
With our partners, Te Manahuna Aoraki Project is protecting and revitalising a vast 310,000 hectare mainland island in the Upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park so native animals and plants can thrive.
It is home to some of our most threatened plants and animals, sites of immense cultural significance to mana whenua, and iconic high country farmland.
Along the way, Te Manahuna Aoraki Project will inspire and empower others to ensure the transformations are preserved for future generations.
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INVASIVE WEEDS CONTROLLED
The project area is home to an outstanding range of threatened ecosystems and species found nowhere else in the world. We need to act now to ensure they are not lost forever.
We’re getting rid of pests and weeds, building relationships, and developing innovative techniques to safeguard 310,000 hectares in a predator-free mainland island.
Manawhenua, land owners, government agencies, philanthropists and the community are all working together towards the common goal of revitalising Te Manahuna Aoraki Project area.
Discover more about our project
This interactive map shows the enormous scale of the project area and links to some of the work we are doing to restore and protect the Upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
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A trial to eliminate rabbits, hedgehogs and ferrets from a low country site.
Robust grasshopper fence...
Could this be the world’s only fenced predator-free enclosure for an insect?
Braided river bird monitoring...
How are braided river birds like kakī, banded dotterel and wrybills doing?
Native fish protection...
A rūnaka project at Fork Stream to protect native fish from invasive species
We are controlling weeds like rowan, broom and cotoneaster before they become another wilding pine problem
Hedgehogs at 2000m? This is just one of the fascinating findings from our research about invasive pests and their seasonal movements
Malte Brun trial site...
Can we eliminate stoats from this alpine site and use mountains and glaciers to stop reinvasion?
Mountains as barriers...
We are conducting research into how natural barriers like mountains and glaciers can stop predator reinvasion
Fence trial site...
Different fence designs are being tested in these harsh alpine conditions
Mistake Valley trial site...
We are attempting to completely rid this mountainous tussock and scree zone of hedgehogs
Lizard and invertebrate monitoring...
Studying skinks, geckos, wētā and grasshoppers – which ones live here and how are they doing?
Innovative and solutions focused
We need to think outside the square to eliminate introduced predators. We’ve spent time researching how high and far ten invasive mammals travel in the alpine areas.
Protecting rare and threatened species
The braided rivers of the project area are home to the world’s rarest wading bird – the kakī / black stilt. Brought back from the brink of extinction by DOC, less than 200 adult kakī can be found in the wild but we are working hard to safeguard them.
Keep up with the latest news
We are delighted to announce that Te Manahuna Aoraki Project board has given the go-ahead for the project to continue. Since 2018, the project has been developing a plan for revitalising the unique eco-systems across the whole 310,000 hectare project
A rabbit control operation over nearly 1,600 ha at Twin Stream which includes Ruataniwha Conservation Park and parts of Glentanner Station looks to have successfully reduced rabbits to very low numbers. Rabbits munch their way through native vegetation and pasture
The Robust Grasshopper (Brachaspis robustus) is no stranger to leaps of faith. Every jump the chunky grasshopper takes ends in a thud on gravel in dry river beds of Te Manahuna (Mackenzie Basin) on New Zealand’s South Island, but luckily the invertebrates are built to withstand clumsy and rough landings.
and the Te Manahuna Aoraki Project have been working together to protect the small population of grasshoppers from invasive mammal predators and help their numbers recover.
What our supporters say
Collaboration is key to transforming the ecological prospects of the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Te Manahuna Aoraki Project was established in 2018 with the following founding partners
Photo credits: Nick Foster, Julia Gibson, Dave Kwant, Robyn Janes