Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Eltham

4.6
#2 of 6 in Wildlife in Taranaki Region
Rotokare Scenic Reserve takes biosecurity very seriously and it is essential that visitors understand the need for this and the actions that they must take. This pest-free sanctuary contains rare and endangered native birds including tieke, North Island robin, whitehead, hihi, tui, fantail, and kiwi. The public is welcome to visit at any time and encounter native bird species on their terms. Dogs are NOT ALLOWED. All visitors must ensure that their vehicle and personal effects contain no pets (mice, rats, stoats, weasels, ferrets, hedgehogs) before entry through the double gates. Any pest incursion will cost a great deal of money and hundreds of hours to eradicate. Keeping the sanctuary pest-free is essential for the survival of vulnerable native bird species. Donations from visitors are welcome and help with ecological restoration and species recovery at the reserve. Arrange your visit to Rotokare Scenic Reserve and discover more family-friendly attractions in Eltham using our Eltham online tour itinerary planner .
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  • Birdsong, stunning natural beauty and meandering walks under a sunny winter's sky. This is the memory we took away from a quiet few hours on the shores of the lake. We didn't venture along the ridge w...  more »
  • Lovely, Relaxing, listening to the different calls of the bird life. Nice way to clear the clutter  more »
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  • Beautiful sanctuary! Well established 4k trail around the lake, with side trails to the lake including a pontoon for bird viewing. (Max 30 people) with options for a more strenuous Ridgeline hike. A hidden gem tucked away from the normal camping places as it has limited space for freedom camping. Clean toilets taken care of by volunteers, so please donate to contribute to the kiwi bird cause. $5/day per head recommended. Great informational boards and plaques along the trail. When we left, a tree had felled from the storm and (what I assume) were volunteers were clearing the road. A worthy cause to be a part of. Will definitely be back and spread the word 👌
  • Beautiful little camp, although the ground slopes a bit if you're in a tent. Went for a walk around the lake, which took about 1.5 hours. Lots of bird life thanks to the predator proof fence.
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