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"A Community-led Pest-free Sanctuary"
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“We will achieve the highest level of restoration, protection and enhancement of the indigenous ecosystem at Rotokare Scenic Reserve”
“We will actively involve the community and provide the best opportunities for education, recreation and inspiration within the bounds of environmental protection”
Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust was formed in 2004 by a group of locals concerned that the habitat at Rotokare was in a state of decline. Members of the public became involved as volunteers and sponsors of an intensive pest trapping programme – which to date has been highly successful in eradicating well over 4,000 pests’. Following recommendation from a feasibility study (Oecologico, 2005) the Trust began the challenging task of fundraising for a $1.9M predator-proof fence to circle the 8.2km reserve perimeter. Due to overwhelming public and sponsor support Xcluder Fence Company began construction work on this specially designed fence in November of 2006. Upon fence completion, an aerial and ground pest eradication operation was undertaken to rid all present animal pest species, with the fence acting as a barrier to pests immigrating from surrounding farmland (the fence is designed to keep out all species from cats and possums’ to rats and baby mice).
A completely pest-free area is allowing vegetation to recover without browsing pressure, existing fauna is breeding successfully and Rotokare is providing a safe habitat for kiwi chicks. Translocation of other endangered species such as saddleback and tuatara to Rotokare, are visions for the near future.
The lake, a popular spot for waterskiing, is open to powered boats from December through to April. Rotokare is also a great place to take canoes and kayaks all year round – especially during the bird breeding season.
Large grassy picnic areas are very accessible and have an open view across the lake and surrounding bush. It is common to see a range of waterfowl including New Zealand Scaup, Black Swans, Mallard, Grey duck, New Zealand Shoveler, and Black Shag.
A grove of Karaka near the picnic area is a hot spot for Wood Pigeon (keruru) feeding on fruit in the summer months.
Just 12km east of Eltham, Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a real treasure in the heart of Taranaki. Come and experience it toda
* Friends of the lake membership (newsletters, invitations to special events etc)
* Conservation volunteer programme
* High Quality Education Programme (EC - year 13)
* Project Presentations
* Guided Walks
* Night Time Tours
* Special events (Arbor day, conservation week etc)