9 Feb 2016

Precious NZ wildlife habitat up for sale

3:56 pm on 9 February 2016

One of New Zealand's most precious wildlife habitats on the Otago Peninsula headland is up for sale.

A penguin at Natures Wonders

Photo: 123rf.com

Natures Wonders is a 172ha working sheep and beef farm, conservation estate and tourism business owned by Perry Reid and his family.

Since taking over the family farm in 2001, Mr Reid and his family have self-funded predator-proof fencing, thousands of native tree plantings and major trapping programmes to ensure the eco-sanctuary is entirely predator-free.

Historically, the headland was part of Fort Taiaroa and home to gun placements which served as protection against impending invasion more than a century ago.

The remnants of the concrete forts still exist on the property.

Mr Reid said his family had taken Natures Wonders as far as it could and it needed an injection of money.

The farm was for a person who wanted to save a bit of paradise, he said.