Peacock Springs

Peacock Springs is a unique wildlife habitat highly regarded as one of the best examples of quarry restoration in the world.

The naming of Peacock Springs stems from Sir Neil and Lady Diana Isaac’s time in India in the 1940’s, where peafowl abound. Now peacocks roam the site in contrast to the endemic fauna and flora.

Covering 200 hectares of land, the site consists of rehabilitated quarry pits, and is dominated by extensive vegetation. Some of the older quarry pits have filled with groundwater, while others now have spring-fed streams directed through them. The overall aim has been to connect and strengthen different areas of this environment, ensuring the rehabilitated land fulfils a meaningful purpose. These water bodies provide ideal habitat for freshwater species, and supply the aviaries containing endangered endemic bird species.

Peacock Springs is a unique captive breeding facility nationally and internationally. All of the species housed at Peacock Springs are managed through recovery programmes in conjunction with the Department of Conservation, and are purely bred and reared for release into the wild.

Protecting this exceptional site requires the adoption of many protective measures, particularly limiting contact with the two-legged locals. The captive breeding programmes have largely been so successful due to the lack of public intrusion.