100% Mother Nature

It is amazing what Mother Nature can do when left to her own devices.

The revitalisation and growth here at STRAVON over the past decade or so has been of massive importance to the conservation of the land and the quality of life of her inhabitants. Waking up to the 'dawn chorus' in the bush just as the land awakens is quite simply the greatest alarm clock that you could wish for. The retirement of close to 70% of the property coupled with the planting of 20,000 extra natives, a huge pest control effort and proven conservation techniques has allowed Mother Earth to blossom and do what she does best.

The land endures and with the rejuvenation of this remarkable property - the fauna and bird life has not only come back in abundance, it is now fair to say that it is flourishing. You’ll see below that we are now seeing endemic birds rarely seen in these parts - now making their way to STRAVON with far more frequency and it sounds beautiful.

Come and meet some of the natives that call STRAVON home.


Petroica macrocephala

South Island Tomtit - endemic


Anthornis melanura

New Zealand Bellbird - endemic


Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

New Zealand Wood Pigeon - endemic


Chalinolobus tuberculatus

New Zealand Long-tailed Bat - endemic


Porphyrio melanotus

- endemic


Rhipidura fuliginosa

Pied Stilt - native


Phalacrocorax varius

New Zealand Pied Shag - native

White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae

Blue Heron - native


Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

A rare but most welcome visitor to STRAVON - endemic


Ardea modesta

White Heron - A rare but most welcome visitor to STRAVON - native


Falco novaeseelandiae

New Zealand Falcon - endemic


Rhipidura fuliginosa

New Zealand Fantail - endemic