North Island kōkako

Image: Matt Binns | Creative Commons


Mapara Wildlife Reserve (1400 ha) has been the focus of an intensive and successful kokako recovery project. You can hear and sometimes see kokako from a moderately graded tramping track.

Place overview


  • Information panels


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Mapara Wildlife Management Reserve

About this place

Nature and conservation

The kōkako recovery project started in the reserve in 1989 and has been the model for many other conservation projects around the country.

Getting there

The Mapara Wildlife Reserve and track is about 35 km southeast of Te Kuiti.

Turn on to Kopaki Road from either SH4 or SH30 and then Mapara South Road to the small kiosk at the reserve entrance.

Know before you go

  • For their own safety, do not take dogs into the reserve - poisoning operations are carried out frequently.
  • Stay within the reserve boundary and do not cross the fence onto private land.


Te Kuiti Office
Phone:   +64 7 878 1050
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   78 Taupiri Street
Te Kuiti 3910
Postal Address:   PO Box 38
Te Kuiti 3941
Pureora Base
Phone:   +64 7 878 1080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   House 5
Village Road
Postal Address:   Pureora Forest Park
RD 7
Te Kuiti 3987
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