The Godley and Macaulay Rivers. Photo: Dave Kwant

Welcome to Te Manahuna Aoraki

Te Manahuna Aoraki is a large-scale conservation project focused on restoring the iconic natural landscapes and threatened species of the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki National Park.

Launched in November 2018, the project will enhance biodiversity across 310,000 hectares of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes, including braided river systems, alpine habitats and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

The area is home to many endangered species like kea, rock wren and the scree weta in the alpine zone and braided river species like wrybill, robust grasshopper, banded dotterel, and the world’s rarest wading bird, kakī/black stilt.

This is a special conservation collaboration in terms of scale—both in size, and the number of different partners brought together in a shared vision to care for this unique landscape and ecosystem.

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Wrybill/ngutu parore with eggs. Photo: Philip Guilford
Wrybill/ngutu parore © Philip Guilford
Robust grasshopper, Brachaspis robustus
Robust grasshopper, Brachaspis robustus
Black stilt/kakī adults. Photo: Bevan Tulett
Black stilts/kakī © Bevan Tulett

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Jewelled gecko/moko-kākāriki. Photo: David Saga
Jewelled gecko/moko-kākāriki © David Saga
Rock wren/pīwauwau. Photo: Craig McKenzie
Rock wren/pīwauwau © Craig McKenzie


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