protecting a treasure of Fiordland

Martins Bay lies at the end of the Hollyford Valley in World Heritage Status Te Wahipounamu, in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

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Known as a “Biodiversity Hotspot”, the area has a range of landscapes, habitats, flora and fauna – both marine and terrestrial – unparalleled anywhere in Aotearoa.

Habitats range from fragile dune systems, world recognised wetlands to unique podocarp forest, and is the only place in New Zealand (arguably the world) where bottlenose dolphins enter a fresh water lake. Martins Bay – Whakatipu Waitai – is indeed a treasure, or taonga, of Fiordland National Park.

It is of vital importance that we protect it. The Hollyford Conservation Trust – Te Roopu Manaaki o Whakatipu Waitai, aims to do just that: to protect, enhance and restore all native flora and fauna for the enjoyment of all, today and for generations well into the future.

Read more about us and the project and find out why it matters so much to us that we work to restore this treasured part of our country.