Princess Anne ended her short New Zealand visit today, opening the Conservation Trust’s public viewing gallery at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch.

The gallery is attached to the dedicated breeding facility for critically endangered South Island species of kiwi including the Great Spotted.

The Princess Royal is the patron of the NZ Conservation Trust, an organization dedicated to the conservation of New Zealand species, especially the kiwi.

Trust chairman Richard Moore said the viewing gallery will enable visitors to watch the process of breeding from egg incubation through to kiwi hatching and growth.

The breeding project at Willowbank can currently deliver and care for about 150 kiwi chicks a season.

Tours of the facility begin next month.

Princess Anne began her visit to New Zealand, the first since 2006, last Friday, representing her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the 23rd Commonwealth Agricultural Conference.