Welcome to Te Manahuna Aoraki

Te Manahuna Aoraki is a nationally significant conservation project focused on restoring the iconic natural landscapes and threatened species of the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Launched in November 2018, the project aims to enhance biodiversity across 310,000 hectares of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes, including braided river systems and alpine habitats. 

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

The Te Manahuna Aoraki project includes both private and public land – iwi, high country run holders, government departments, philanthropists, councils and the community are all working together towards a shared vision to care for this special environment.

He tōiri tō hau
Ka wiri ka aho
He tuauri tēnei kākahu
He paoro te hau kai takata
Oha te ora i tēnei whenua.

Your breath tingles
The strands quiver
This cloak is ancient
The echo of the north-west wind
Awakens life in this land.


Invading weeds and introduced predators will irretrievably change this iconic landscape in a relatively short time frame. 

Launched in November 2018 Te Manahuna Aoraki is currently in a development stage. A number of projects are underway to target invasive weeds and predators, to preserve distinctive landscapes and secure a safe habitat for threatened species. These projects will provide critical learning for the future, and demonstrate how all the parties can work together to ultimately secure a 310,000 ha mainland island as part of a 20-year project.

Collaboration is key to success. By working together we can better protect the land and the special species that live in it.

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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


Te Manahuna Aoraki is restoring biodiversity over 310.000 hectares. The area is mainly over 700m above sea-level.


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