The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection of New Zealand's native flora and fauna. Our goal is to protect and extend a vibrant ecosystem while educating others on the importance of conservation. We view ourselves as partners with our volunteers, visitors, community, and the environment.
Nestled on the slopes of the Tutamoe peak in Northland, New Zealand, the sanctuary consists of 100 hectares of regenerating native forest. Views of the ocean, an unexplored forest, and the calls of the kiwi under the bright stars are just some of the many experiences to be had.
This is not the type of place where tour buses stop every hour or so. The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is located 250km from a crowded city, 50km from the closest supermarket, 2km from the next door neighbour, and at an arm's length from the Milky Way. For us, seeing two cars in a day is a traffic jam and being able to live in the middle of the forest is the ultimate lifestyle.
The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organization that cares for a privately owned area consisting of 100 hectares of New Zealand native forest. This native forest is classified as having national significance and no logging is allowed within the sanctuary. Pupu Rangi is home to many of the native species of trees and birds that require active protection from introduced pests. By keeping down the numbers of pests, the seedlings and the native birds have a chance to develop and mature. Cows, possums, rabbits, and feral goats browse indiscriminately, while possums, stoats, ferrets, and feral cats eat eggs and young bird chicks.
The sanctuary is located in a greater area of a kiwi protection zone. One of our long term goals is to establish and maintain a protection area that will support ten pairs of resident kiwi birds.
Local council grants, private funds, donations, and volunteer effort contributions are used for the following conservation tasks:
fencing of the forest to prevent the entrance of the grazing cattle
marking and cutting of access tracks
possum, stoat, ferret, and feral cat control
weed control and native tree planting