Adele Island / Motuareronui
- Abel Tasman National Park
- Beaches & Bays
You’ll hear it before you see it. Known for its flourishing community of wildlife and the chorus of birdsong that rings through the treetops, Adele Island / Motuareronui is a predator free wildlife sanctuary in the Abel Tasman National Park.
This gorgeous island is located off the coast between Apple Tree Bay and Observation Beach and is only accessible via water transport. Many kayaking and boat tours will stop at the island, so that passengers can explore the wondrous coast, experience the chorus of birdsong and see the playful New Zealand fur seals (kekeno) as they bask on the rocks and dive playfully into the sea.
Adele Island is home to one of New Zealand’s rarest birds – the South Island saddleback (tīeke). With only 650 left in the world, the work of the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust to create a predator-free sanctuary and reintroduce endangered species to the park has resulted in a new breeding ground for these vulnerable birds.
Photo credits: (1-3) www.nelsontasman.nz, (4) Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi, (5) Wilsons Abel Tasman.