Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

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

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..


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).