Mapara Wildlife Reserve
Since 1989 the Mapara Wildlife Reserve (1400 ha) has been the focus of an intensive, and very successful, conservation management project. When the project started the reserve's kokako population was in decline. Since management was initiated breeding success has steadily increased.
North Island Kokako, Mapara
A range of native birds may be seen, including New Zealand falcon/karearea, Australasian Harriers, grey warbler/riorio, shining and longtail cuckoo.
Kokako can be heard and sometimes seen from the moderately graded Mapara tramping track. You are most likely to hear kokako call in the early morning or late evening.
Longtail bats may be seen at dusk and dawn along the track.
The Mapara Track is the single track maintained for public use in the reserve.
Please stay within the reserve boundary and do not cross the fence onto private land.
There is some information available at the begining of the track.
Mapara lies 35 km southwest of Te Kuiti, along Mapara South Road.
Bird and wildlife watching
Plan and prepare
For their own safety, please do not take dogs into the reserve - poisoning operations are carried out frequently.