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Takitumu Conservation Area

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beautiful walk in native forest and excellent bird-watching

I was lucky enough to go on a guided walk with Ian Karika, a very knowledgeable nature lover and... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2019
Nelson, New Zealand
So beautiful

Had a wonderful guide who took us to the top of the conservation area. The hike was grueling but... read more

Reviewed March 28, 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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This reserve is a tropical forest that has been set aside primarily to conserve the Kakerori bird, Rarotonga's endangered flycatcher. Additionally, the area contains several rare plants and is home to a number of other bird species.
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Reviewed May 27, 2019

I was lucky enough to go on a guided walk with Ian Karika, a very knowledgeable nature lover and birder. We saw the rare kakerori, which was a real treat. The walk itself was easy.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Sally-on-the-go
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderful guide who took us to the top of the conservation area. The hike was grueling but shockingly short. The views were 100% worth the climb !!! The birds are beautiful and echo your whistles.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank mhk98
Reviewed December 26, 2017

Booking are essential. A lovely, informative walk through native forest with Ian. We walked up the valley, mostly on an old dirt road, so it's easy going. At the highest point there are views south to the coral reef and beyond. Ian is very informative...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed April 8, 2016

We were taken on a beautiful walk through the Conservation Area with Ian. The walk up the hill was great and we enjoyed the views. On the way back down he gave us an opportunity it walk on a more adventurous path and it was...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Karen K
Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

A real asset to the island, set in a beautiful SE valley, Takitimu Conservation Area is both a bastion of what can be done, and an opportunity for setting a model example in ecotourism. Nature lovers will find plenty to keep you excited. This place...More

Date of experience: January 2016
5  Thank AaronNz
Reviewed February 8, 2016

This is a genuine conservation area rather than a tourist attraction and so is really something that would appeal to genuine bird lovers as the area contains the only kakerori birds in the world which are very endangered and were only saved by the dedication...More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank cookieabroad
Reviewed January 29, 2016

This is a beautiful inland location to go to. We attended a wedding on this site and it was truly beautiful.

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank jtrogers
Reviewed October 23, 2015

I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with Ian Karika, one of the driving forces behind conservation in Rarotonga, and one of the owners of the Takitumu Reserve. Ian knew exactly where to look for the various endemics, each of which we saw, with...More

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank ID576207
Reviewed October 16, 2015

An interesting stop on our travels around the island. Was impressed with the coins which are left on the plaques,

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank cerita1
Reviewed January 26, 2015

We took a 3 hour tour with Tom and had an excellent tour. You have to make reservations ahead of time but it is well worth it. Tom was very friendly and brought us bananas to start the tour. He was very knowledgable and made...More

Date of experience: January 2015
1  Thank tiki1952
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June 5, 2019|
Response from Sally-on-the-go | Reviewed this property |
It’s best to get your hotel (I.e. a local person) to call Ian Karika for you.