Zealandia is a world-class conservation project and attraction in Wellington, New Zealand, where the biodiversity of 225 ha of forest is being restored.

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Waiapu Road, Karori
Phone 04 920 9213

Takahē that lives here

Takahē Nio and Orbell made ZEALANDIA their home after relocating from Mana Island in 2017.  

Nio is named after an ex-ranger on Mana Island, while Orbell is named after Geoffrey Orbell, the Invercargill physician who led the 1948 expedition into the Murchison Mountains that rediscovered the presumed extinct takahē.

Since being paired in 2013, Nio and Orbell have produced five chicks together. Their progeny is scattered all around the country, from Motutapu to Maungatautari to Gouland Downs on the Heaphy Track.

Despite being close to retirement age, in 2019 they successfully hatched and raised a chick at ZEALANDIA. The chick, Te Āwhiorangi, is now a yearling helper at Burwood Takahē Centre.

You can find Nio and Orbell in the wetland area of ZEALANDIA, especially around midday, anticipating the daily delivery of food.

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