About Us

About Us

Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a stunning 230 hectare forested hill-country catchment, extensive wetlands and 17.8 hectare natural lake. Mature tawa, rewarewa and mahoe dominated forest is home to kiwi, ruru/morepork, karearea/NZ falcon, tui, korimako/bellbird, kereru/wood pigeon, riroriro/grey warbler, miromiro/tomtit, tieke/saddleback, popokatea/whitehead and toutouwai/North Island robin, plus a variety of other bird species. The lake edge habitat consists of raupo, flax, and pukatea/kahikatea swamp forest – home to notable fauna such as matata/fernbird, puweto/spotless crake, also tuna/eels and banded kokopu in the streams and lake (animal and plant lists).

Situated just 12 kilometres from the township of Eltham, South Taranaki, Rotokare is a popular recreation spot for boating, walking and simply enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust was formed in 2004 out of concern for the declining state of Rotokare Scenic Reserve. It is a community-owned and community-driven project, and accommodates a wide variety of community interests including conservation and recreation. The Trust initially set out to raise $30,000 for a pest trapping project (which was successfully achieved and delivered), but the potential for Rotokare to be much more was realised soon after. Realisation came in plans to achieve high-level biodiversity restoration by- constructing an 8.2km pest-proof fence, total eradication of 12 pest species from within this fence, establishment of a quality environmental education programme, re-vegetate 12.5ha of land gifted to the project from neighbouring landowners, establish on-site facilities (including a Site Manager’s residence, workshop, and education centre), and begin reintroducing native species rare or extinct from the area.







"Rotokare Scenic Reserve will be a flourishing indigenous ecosystem, highly valued by the community"


“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”


PLEASE help keep Rotokare Sanctuary pest free




Stop your vehicle. Check your car, boat and bags.

Dogs are NOT permitted in the Sanctuary.