Important Biosecurity Information

Now that the islands are pest free and home to translocated endangered species such as takahe and kiwi, It's extremely important that we keep Motutapu free from pest incursions. Please note the following rules are now in place in relation to travel to both Rangitoto and Motutapu:

Packs, bags, containers - All bags and containers should be able to be sealed.

Check for mice, insects, seeds & soil & remove if found. Once packed, keep bags closed zipped up tight. Remember to recheck your bag on the morning of departure.

Footwear - Check laces & seams for seeds. Check boot treads for soil & seeds.Clean if required.

Clothing - Check pockets for seeds and clean if required.

Food - Pack all food in sealed containers free from insects, please no shopping type open bags.

Dogs are absolutely prohibited, even on our beaches (see comments below)

We have created an accessible, iconic nature sanctuary 30 minutes from Downtown Auckland but we need everyone's support to keep it that way.

This means being super vigilant about rodent stowaways and reporting any sightings of possible pest encursions on the islands

The support of visitors for these biosecurity measures is critical to protect the largest (with Rangitoto) and closest pest free island to our New Zealand mainland

The pest eradication commenced in the WInter of 2009 and completed in August 2011.

the programme is now enabling the islands to become one of the countries largest sanctuaries for endangered wildlife like takahe, tieke, kiwi, kaka and tuatara - right here in the heart of Auckland. It also protects native plants including the world's largest pohutukawa forest on adjacent Rangitoto island.

We are providing opportunities for visitors and New Zealanders alike to experience our unique natural heritage, right in the heart of our largest city.

Restoring these islands extends the restoration work that has been occuring in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park over the last 25 years.

Find out more about the pests we eradicated and the appalling toll they have on our endangered species in the wild

to report any suspected pest encursions

DOC RANGER: 09 372 2060
09 379 6476 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


FIRE: Phone 111
DOC HOTLINE: To report emergencies or hazards 0800 DOC HOT or 0800 362 468

Motutapu and Rangitoto = 100% Dog free at all times

With Motutapu and Rangitoto now cleared of all predators and declared pest free sanctuaries (August 2011) and recently translocated endangered species such as takahe and coromandel brown kiwi now settled on the islands, it is absolutely critical that the islands remain 100% dog-free at all times.

Uncontrolled dogs have been known to kill flightless birds such as kiwi, weka and penguin. Kiwi smell really different to dogs, they simply can't help themselvesKiwi have no chest muscles so their heart and lungs are exposed. A dog simply picking a bird up in it's mouth can kill it.Ground-nesting shore birds such as the New Zealand dotterel and the NZ's most critically endangered fairy tern, are found throughout the Auckland region, including Motutapu. They may desert their nests if they are disturbed by dogs, leaving
their eggs to overheat and die in the sun.Native species are legally protected from dog attack or disturbance wherever they are found, even if they are not in a controlled dog area.

No Dogs Allowed ('Controlled' Areas)

In general dogs are not permitted on land managed by DOC, especially the island reserves of the Hauraki Gulf
including their foreshore areas. Within the Auckland region, islands managed by DOC where dogs may not go
include: Mokohinau (including Burgess Is), Rakitu (Arid Is), Hauturu (Little Barrier Is), Goat Is, parts of Kawau,
Beehive, Moturekareka, Motutara, Kohatutara , Saddle, Motuora, Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto, Motutapu,
Motuihe, Motukorea (Browns Is).

Exceptions are in place for police dogs, dogs used in DOC management and guide or companion dogs
(certified as helpers of people with disabilities - please note that persons bringing guide or companion dogs must also carry certification paperwork that DOC staff will ask to inspect)

So I'm a dog owning boatie - where in the Hauraki Gulf islands can I exercise my dog?

Rakino, Waiheke and Great Barrier islands have off leash and on leash bylaws

check out the Auckland City Website for details

Also the Department of Conservation