Maud Island, in the Marlborough Sounds, was an unlikely haven for the kākāpō.
The small 320ha island is a patchwork of pasture, native forest and exotic pines and has the feel of a working farm, rather than an open-air aviary.
Yet, kākāpō were first transferred to Maud Island in 1974, where it was a centre for Kākāpō Recovery right through until 2003.
Unfortunately, the island only ever hosted one successful breeding attempt – when Flossie raised three chicks to Richard Henry in 1998 – and so the decision was made to remove kākāpō from the island in favour of keeping them on larger, forested islands in southern New Zealand.
The island is a scientific reserve, and no unauthorised landing is permitted.