What to expect .....
Situated in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound, Motuara Island is one of four reserve islands not inhabited by humans. This island has become an important site for the some of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) programs for rare and endangered species. Once farmed, the island is now well covered in regenerating native bush and most importantly it is predator-free. This ideal environment is now being used to enhance the populations of the South Island saddleback, Maud Island frog, Marlborough green gecko and as a nursery for the very rare Okarito brown kiwi chicks. All seem to be thriving.
Other bird species that call the island home are native wood pigeons (Kereru), fantails, blue penguins (in season), melodic bellbirds, NZ falcons, variable oystercatchers, reef herons, pied shags, spotted shags, little shags and the always inquisitive South Island robins. Because there are no predators on Motuara, the birds don’t appear to be bothered by us humans, allowing for viewing at very close quarters.
Truly a nature-lover’s and photographer’s dream