Back a male in The Great Hihi Sperm Race and you could win some amazing prizes. We are extremely grateful to our generous sponsors who have donated prizes for The Great Hihi Sperm Race.
Family pass on 360 Discovery Ferries to Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland
Family passes to ZEALANDIA ecosanctuary, Wellington
Family tour package for Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Pukeatua
Cases of Hihi Wines
Hihi t-shirt from Tumbleweed Tees
Honey from Rotokare Scenic Reserve's own hives
Sets of native bird art cards from Bushy Park Sanctuary, Whanganui
Part of the Fullers group since 2009, 360 Discovery specialise in ecotourism in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. They hold the Department of Conservation commercial license to take people to the world renowned Tiritiri Matangi Island and offer a range of cruises on the Auckland Harbour for both tourists and locals keen to get out and about.
This amazing Island has been home to hihi for over 20 years. The efforts of the Supporters are part of what keeps this restored sanctuary a safe haven for many New Zealand birds that struggle to survive on the mainland. Founded in 1988, the Supporters now have over 1,600 members and work in partnership with the Department of Conservation to co-manage Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Home to hihi since 2005, ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. The 225 hectare ecosanctuary is a groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, 6 of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari began with a dream to protect the plant and animal species living on Maungatautari. This ancient ecosystem has been recognised as a reserve since 1912 and nearly 100 years later the community came together to restore and further protect this precious environment with a pest-proof fence. All mammals have been removed from Maungatautari, and it provides a safe environment to reintroduce some of New Zealand’s most endangered species back to their natural habitat. Hihi were taken to Maungatautari in 2009.
Hihi Wines is a small boutique winery based in Ormond, Gisborne. The label was launched by Andy Nimmo in 2005. Since then 70+ award winning wines have been produced. There are currently over 20 wines available for purchase most Saturdays at Gisborne Farmers Market. Wines include Gizzy Fizzy, Bubbly Gris, Chardonnay, Albarino, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Arneis, Sweet As (Chardonnay/Gewurztraminer), Rosé, Merlot, Malbec, Pinotage, Tempranillo, blended reds and ports. World famous in Gisborne since recently!
With a background in biology and geology, the folks at Tumbleweed have turned their understanding and love of the natural world into a t-shirt business. Having converted a 20ft shipping container into their creative hub, they produce unique screen printed artwork and clothing. All of their design and print work is done in house - from rough sketches through to finished art work, transferring the art to silk screens and printing. Tumbleweed are extremely proud of the fundraising partnerships they have formed with conservation projects around New Zealand, donating $5 of each adult t-shirt sold to specific conservation groups.
Home to New Zealand's newest hihi population, Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a stunning 230 hectare forested hill-country catchment, extensive wetlands and 17.8 hectare natural lake. 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. It is a community-owned and community-driven project, and accommodates a wide variety of community interests including conservation and recreation.
At just 100 hectares, Bushy Park is the smallest hihi site, but has an amazingly pristine forest thanks to a near complete lack of logging. Bequeathed to Forest & Bird by the late GF Moore in 1962, Bushy Park has been diligently cared for by a local trust made up of volunteers. Within the Sanctuary there are 3.4km of metalled or well-formed walking tracks throughout the forest providing easy all-weather access for visitors and excellent opportunities to get up close with New Zealand's native flora and fauna.
The website for The Great Hihi Sperm Race was created with the help of generous funding from the University of Otago's Anatomy Department.
The website for The Great Hihi Sperm Race was also created thanks to the team at Bluetwist Web Development.