Mangawhai is home to New Zealand's rarest endemic bird - the NZ Fairy Tern. There are only about 45 birds surviving and, as 49.2% of all chicks surviving to flying stage since 1992 hatched in the Wildlife Refuge on the Mangawhai Spit, this area is critical to its survival.

This special exhibition will introduce you to groups and individuals who work alongside the Department of Conservation in a concerted effort to help this critically endangered shorebird survive and thrive. 

You will also learn about the predators that put this delightful bird at so much risk.

Exhibition highlights include an observation hide with binoculars (a must for the kids) letting you experience what it's like for the DoC team to sit and watch the birds in their natural habitat and a close up look at the many predators the Fairy Tern faces on a nightly basis. 

Mangawhai Museum special exhibition - Saving the New Zealand Fairy Tern

Mangawhai Museum special exhibition - Saving the New Zealand Fairy Tern

Mangawhai Museum special exhibition - Saving the New Zealand Fairy Tern

Mangawhai Museum special exhibition - Saving the New Zealand Fairy Tern


Exhibition dates

2019

Admission

Included in museum admission


Exhibition sponsored by

Mangawhai Museum special exhibition - Saving the New Zealand Fairy Tern Mangawhai Museum special exhibition - Saving the New Zealand Fairy Tern