Why you need to check your gear: The Hauraki Gulf is a nationally-significant marine park. Many of the islands of the Gulf are pest free, or partially pest free. This means they are now home to some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered species – eg tuatara, takahe, shore plover and kiwi. The islands are also recovering naturally as birds reintroduce themselves to these safe havens. It is important to keep them pest free – and we need your help!
Pest animals and plants can invade our islands by stowing away on or in your footwear, gear or boat. Rats can squeeze through a 12 mm gap and mice can squeeze through a 7 mm gap. Insects could hide in your bag, and weeds, seeds and soil could cling to your clothing and shoes.
Pests threaten New Zealand’s native wildlife.
Day trippers and Overnight Visitors – prepare for your trip by being alert for these threats. Please:
Without your co-operation your trip may not be able to take place. All visitors to pest-free islands must abide by strict biosecurity measures. This is to minimise the risk of ecological damage caused by the inadvertent introduction of disease and pet species, such as rodents, invertebrates, weeds and fungi.
Pest-free Islands include:
Note that the following islands are not considered completely pest-free, but are free of some pest species: Waiheke, Kawau, Aotea/Great Barrier. Biosecurity measures are still required to minimise pest traffic.