Fencing Out Predators in NZ

Imagine the experience of playing golf on a world class championship course, immersed in the natural beauty of a true New Zealand wildlife sanctuary. The ambitious project of the Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary has seen a $2 Million (NZ) ‘Xcluder’ fence installed and the entire course perimeter of five kilometers. The fence stands more than 2 meters tall and has been specially designed to keep out predators like rates, mice, stoats, weasels, hedgehogs, feral cats and possums.

Other initiatives include removal of blackberry and scrub from the course perimeter and the re-planting of around 25,000 native trees. Two hundred mixed color pheasant and a small herd of around 15 fallow deer and a stag are being reared on site, within a deer fenced area.

Discussions are also underway with conservation agencies regarding the eventual release of some endangered species - like kiwi and brown teal - on to the property.