Rabbits (Day Time Trips)
Rabbits were introduced to New Zealand before 1838 to provide game for sportsmen to hunt, for food, and to remind the British settlers of "home".
By the 1880s rabbit numbers had increased dramatically in Otago and Canterbury and have reached plague levels in some areas from time to time.
Rabbits breed at such high levels that they can literately strip the hillside of any vegetation leaving almost desert like landscapes.
Rabbits have thrived in New Zealand because there are no natural predators.
Many attempts have been made to control their numbers including the introduction of Ferrets, weasels and stoats which were introduced in the 1880s, but unfortunately they prey on the native bird life as well as the rabbits.
Today we still have high numbers of rabbits in some areas and require constant control.