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Pateke recovery news archives

Some of the Pateke project news archives 

February 2011

Another Major Boost for Fiordland’s Endangered Pateke Population

Eighty pateke/Brown Teal, New Zealand’s rarest waterfowl, are to be released into Fiordland National Park today.

The captive reared pateke are to be flown into the Arthur Valley area near Milford and released, thanks to a partnership between the Fiordland Conservation Trust and the Department of Conservation.

Pateke transfer to Arthur River Valley

Fiordland plays its part - with help from Ultimate Hikes

- the users of the Milford Track

Travelling from the head of Lake Te Anau over the Pass to the Arthur River Valley on the Milford side was first undertaken by Katimamoe, it being one of their greenstone trails.

European tourists began negotiating the rugged terrain in the 1890s after explorers, prospectors, surveyors and prisoners had all made their mark, creating what became the iconic Milford Track.

The track now has approximately 16,000 walkers annually.

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