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.

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

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

Partners

Department of Conservation logo
NEXT Foundation logo
Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua logo
Te Rūnanga o Waihao logo
Te Rūnanga o Moeraki logo
High country landowners
Predator Free 2050 logo
Aotearoa Foundation logo
Jasmine Social Investments logo
Global Wildlife Conservation logo