Keep Kiwi Safe

Kiwi live all around the Ruapehu Region, Waimarino Forest and Rangataua Forest. You can help keep them safe…

Kiwi are literally in our backyard in the Ruapehu area and we have many opportunities to be in kiwi territory.

We all have a role to play to ensure Ruapehu kiwi thrive and prosper. Whether you live, work and play in the Ruapehu area or you are a visitor, there are a number of actions you can do to help protect kiwi:

  • Keep kiwi safe from dogs and cats
  • Keep dogs out of kiwi zones and respect “No Dog Zones”. (Link to map)
  • Have your dog Kiwi Aversion Trained
  • Cat owners living near kiwi habitat should keep their cats well fed and inside at night.
  • Consider not replacing pets if they reach the end of their natural lives
  • Place collars with bells on cats
  • Never discard unwanted cats. Talk to your vet or SPCA about adoption

More than 200 kiwi live in Waimarino Forest, and forests in the Rangataua area. These kiwi are vulnerable to attack from dogs and cats - both day and night.

Dogs find the strong musky smell of kiwi irresistible and sniff kiwi out and kill them – one bite is all that’s needed and the dogs don’t even eat them. One loose dog could decimate the Ruapehu kiwi population.

As a dog owner, you can keep kiwi safe from dogs by following these simple rules:

  • Ensure your dog is under control at all times and tied up or kennelled at night
  • Respect “No Dog Zones” on public and private land
  • Attend Kiwi Aversion Training for dogs
  • Find out if kiwi live in your area and keep dogs away
  • Contact DOC on (06) 385 0010, or the Project Manager on (07) 3322 975 or the Whakamanu Wildlife Trust for more information

Possum Trapping

Too many kiwi sustain injuries and even death from ground laid leg hold traps in kiwi areas. If you are using traps for possums or other pests use kiwi safe setting procedures.

  • Raise traps off the ground by a minimum of 700mm
  • Place predator traps inside trap boxes to exclude non-target species
  • Place poisons in appropriate containers that exclude non-target species


Sadly kiwis are often mistaken for possums at night, especially when seen from behind, and become targets for vehicles. Avoid attempting to “bowl” possums, that way there is no risk of mistake for a kiwi.

Respect “No Dog Zones”  Raise possum traps up off the ground
Beware of kiwis crossing roads at night or in the early morning
Predator traps set inside protective boxes to exclude non-target species