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What is the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust?

We get to operate in the most stunning places of the world and it’s top-of-mind for us to help protect these areas. We are big supporters of the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust and donate a percentage of your trip to help support scientific research to help New Zealand’s endangered native birds.

Started in 2013, the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust was formed to protect our native birds and help rebuild their numbers. It is a partnership with the Department of Conservation, tourism operators like us, the local community and generous sponsors. The Routeburn and Dart valleys are home to several native bird species and New Zealand’s only native land mammal, the Long-tailed Bat/Pekapeka.

On our Full Day Canyoning trip through the Routeburn Valley, you’re likely to see Yellowhead/Möhua, Rifleman/Titipounamu, the South Island Robin/Toutouwai and Tomtits/Miromiro.

Before settlers arrived in New Zealand, there were no mammalian predators to the native birdlife. The introduction of possums, stoats, ferrets, rats, mice and cats were no match for our native birds, who spent much of their time on the ground.

The Routeburn – Dart forests are now home to a quarter of the world’s remaining population of the Yellowhead/Möhua. The work done in these areas is paramount in their survival. There are now 50 kilometres of trap-lines in the Routeburn valley, trapping stoats and rats.

To learn more about the great work done by the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust, click the button below.

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