Wildbase Recovery

Set in Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade, Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery will provide permanent breeding and inflight aviaries, set alongside 14 rehabilitation aviaries and an education centre. Specifically designed by zoo architects and wildlife specialists the 2,900m2 facility includes a predator-proof security wall and support building for treatment care and food preparation.


A circular flighted aviary will allow our parrots and other frequent flyers to stretch their wings without overdoing it. Specially designed soundproof hide walls will offer one way viewing, without intruding on the recovering inhabitants.

Walk Through

Set amongst New Zealand’s native flora, you will be able to watch birds as they recover. The up close and personal experience will give you a sense of seeing wildlife such as kākā (New Zealand parrots) and kākāriki (New Zealand parakeets) in their natural habitat.


Two of New Zealand’s rarest duck species, the whio (blue duck) and pāteke (brown teal), will be given a home with breeding in mind. Ducklings hatched will be released as part of DOC’s Threatened Species Recovery Programme.


Our majestic birds of prey are some of the world’s most capable hunters. Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery’s 5m tall raptor aviary will provide the perfect place for birds such as kārearea (New Zealand falcon) and kāhu (harrier hawk) to regain strength in their flight muscles as they practice their swooping skills before their return to the wild.

Ocean, Shore and Wetland

From the rare yellow-eyed penguin to the New Zealand dotteral and Australasian bitton who’ve been blown inland, custom-built recovery pools will allow our ocean, shore and wetland birds to regain their strength and regrow their waterproofing feathers.

Ground Dwellers

Thousands of years ago, New Zealand had no large land predators, and as a result we have more species of flightless birds than any other country in the world. Today, many such as takahē and kiwi suffer injuries as a result of dogs, cars, and traps. Native grasses will provide a natural environment for some of our most endangered birds to fossick for their food as they rehabilitate.

get in touch

Wildbase Recovery Community Trust


P O Box 627
Palmerston North Central
Palmerston North 4440
New Zealand