Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

Please donate now to support ecological restoration at Rotokare Scenic Reserve - Taranaki's Sanctuary.


While Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust's mission is to achieve ecological restoration at Rotokare Scenic Reserve. The reserve is Taranaki’s only fenced sanctuary, providing an ideal habitat for species to be returned to the region. The lake, wetland and pristine native forest are proving ideal for the vulnerable species that have been translocated here. Hihi, tieke, pāteke, titipounamu have all introduced in recent years. Check out our video to learn more about the Trust's work here.

Rotokare Scenic Reserve also has a foundation population of North Island Brown kiwi that are successfully breeding. This population will form the basis of kiwi destined to repopulate other locations in the region that can achieve necessary pest-control.

The reserve is free and open to the community 24/7. All forms of recreation are welcome here - walking, bird watching, freedom camping, motor boats (seasonal 1 December - 30 April) , swimming, kayaks.

Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust family (volunteers, community supporters, staff & trustees) is doing everything it can to ensure the survival of vulnerable native species, including hihi, tieke, pāteke, North Island brown kiwi, and we need your help to make our efforts go even further.

The ability to continue our work for the community and our precious wildlife always relies on generous support from the community.

Your support is critical to our efforts to ensure ecological restoration and species survival.

Thank you in advance for your help. Every dollar will go towards predator control and species monitoring at Rotokare Scenic Reserve, directly benefiting wildlife and our community.

More about us

We are a community-led, award winning, conservation-based charitable trust in Taranaki. As kaitiake our mission is to achieve the highest level of restoration, protection, and enhancement of Rotokare's indigenous ecosystem.

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Latest update

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The slip on the ridge  30 March 2022

A weekend of torrential rain resulted in a huge slip on O'Connors Gully, close to the fence and on the Ridge Track. This slip posed an imminent risk to the fence platform, which is our #1 defense against pest invasion.

A quick response from Trustees, staff, Eltham Construction and Beck Helicopters (totaling over 80 hours labour), saw a retaining wall built. This quick action prevented that possibility of further damage in the next rain event a few days later.

We are really fortunate to have this high level of support from our community. You guys rock!!!

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Latest donations

Anna 6 days ago
Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

Hi Anna, Thank you so much for your donation.

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Laura on 06 Jun 2022
Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

Thank you so much for your kind donation Laura. We really appreciate the support.

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Robbie on 28 May 2022
Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

Thank you for your donation Robbie.

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Jeremy on 28 May 2022
Thanks for 2 very special nights in your awesome reserve, Jerry
Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

Thanks for your donation. So glad that you enjoyed your stay.

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Ross on 26 May 2022
Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

Thank you for your support Ross.

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