• Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust
    Biodiversity Project
    Restoring the natural heritage
  • Biodiversity Project
    Conservation Project
    Marlborough Sounds New Zealand
  • Breeding for release
    Breeding for release
    Species formerly present
  • Tui Home Slide Kakariki
    Yellow-crowned Kakariki
  • Koru Native Wildlife Centre
    Koru Native Wildlife Centre
  • Conservation Park
    Tui Nature Reserve
    Mature and regenerating native bush

giant weta


Worth the wait!
The long awaited Giant Weta’s have arrived at Tui, all ten of them! They are a fantastic looking insect and we hope they like their new home.

It was a great occassion, with an official Iwi blessing from Michael Elkington (Ngati Koata). We were even joined by Michael’s mother, who also helped releasing the Weta’s in the enclosure. This is all part of a captive native breeding/education programme.

We like to thank everyone involved to make this possible, especially Ngati Koata, Mike Aviss, Roy Grose, Ian Millar all from Department of Conservation, and the people that have collected the Giant Weta’s from Stephen’s Island, where the Weta’s come from.

giant wetas arrival at Tui Nature Reserve Marlborough Sounds conservation project

 Read more about the Giant Weta in Marlborough Express article.

Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust

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Private Bag 65023, Havelock 7150 Marlborough