New Zealand is a land defined by many colour palettes, but that of the South Island’s high country is one of the most iconic. The shades of grey that resonate through the schist rock and the dull greens and mustard yellows of the tussocks are contrasted in the bold wings of the birds that live here.
The High Country represents all these elements in Te Wao Nui, and gives visitors the chance to come face-to-face with its most famous resident, the kea. The streams throughout this habitat are the ideal home for whio (blue duck), whose sole habitat is New Zealand’s fast flowing streams.
Like many animals in Te Wao Nui, the species seen in The High Country have developed their unique characteristics over centuries of isolation. As humankind continues to explore and move into their habitats, it is important that we act as kaitiaki (guardians) for these species and habitats.
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