What types of wildlife will we see?

  • The sanctuary is already home to many native animal species such as wood pigeons (kereru), tui, and common gecko (moko kakariki), as well as relatively rare species such as NZ falcons (karearea), rifleman (titipounamu), and Nelson green gecko. Once the pests are gone, populations of species already present are expected to dramatically increase.
  • The valley has amazing plant life and big old trees such as matai and totara, and stream life such as eels and koura.
  • Over time the Trust plans to reintroduce the full compliment of species that were once native the area, from tuatara to kiwi to kokako to various sea birds.
  • Many species will spread out from the sanctuary—meaning we will expect to see kaka and kakariki in our gardens.