Rakiura (Stewart Island) tokoekaPHOTO: Alina Thiebes ©
New Zealanders have been called 'Kiwis' since the nickname was bestowed by Australian soldiers in the First World War. Today a lot of dedicated people help to prevent kiwi from becoming extinct. There are five species of kiwi, and all are endangered.
Learn about our unique kiwi, hear their songs, and find ways to help protect this threatened species.
Our overarching goal is to restore the abundance, distribution and genetic diversity of all kiwi species.
Discover videos, read blog posts by DOC staff, and check out the latest news about kiwi and DOC's work with this iconic species.
Brown kiwi live in the North Island. There are four distinct forms, including the Northland brown kiwi.
The giant among kiwi, this species lives only in the northern South Island.
The smallest and once the commonest kiwi is vulnerable to stoats at all stages of its life.
There is one natural population of about 350 rowi in Ōkarito forest and surrounds in South Westland
Tokoeka – literally meaning 'weka with a walking stick' (Ngai Tahu) - has three geographically and genetically distinct forms: Haast, Fiordland, and Rakiura (Stewart Island).
See some videos about kiwi from YouTube and our Meet the Local series.
The Northland brown kiwi is a variety of brown kiwi. It faces the special challenges, especially from dogs - but you can make a difference.
Kiwis for kiwi™ has raised and distributed more than $7 million to kiwi conservation projects across New Zealand. DOC and Kiwis for kiwi (formerly known as BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust) have been working in partnership since 1991.