Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KŌKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..


Scientific Name: Hemideina spp.

WetaTree wētā (or bush wētā) are New Zealand's most common wētā, found everywhere except for the far south. Like grasshoppers they have ears on their front legs, while the back legs are rubbed against the stomach to produce mating and fighting noises.

Tree wētā eat the leaves of many different plants but prefer the softer leaves of species such as māhoe or karamu. They are mainly nocturnal, and spend the daylight hours roosting in dark cavities such as holes in trees and the specially provided wētā house on the Wattle Track. Unfortunately, a giant centipede has discovered this hiding place and occasionally preys on the wētā that use it.

Researchers checking nestboxes sometimes come across tree wētā. The male pictured below, recognisable by his large jaws, was found roosting in a saddleback nestbox.

Most wētā live for around 2 years, during which they evolve from an egg to a series of immature forms, known as instars, and finally to full adult maturity.

Wētā are found in several Southern Hemisphere countries apart from New Zealand.

Photography by Max McRae © (above right) and Kay Milton © (left).