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Visiting the Hauraki Gulf islands

E haere kia kite i ngā motu o Tīkapa Moana

The Hauraki Gulf islands provide a safe habitat for some of our most endangered animals and plants.

Weeds and pests pose a threat to these species.

We need visitors to check their belongings and gear to prevent accidentally taking weeds or pests to the islands.

Soil transported on dirty footwear or camping and tramping gear may carry deadly kauri dieback disease, harbour weed seed and pests.

How to pack

Pack food into sealed containers to keep pests out. Don't use open bags or supermarket bags.

If you're camping, unpack and check your tents and bedding thoroughly. They are attractive and ideal for pest animals. Keep sleeping bags in separate zipped-up bags.

Check your gear for pests

Clean dirty gear or footwear to remove all soil and seeds.

Check all gear for pests such as mice, rats, ants, plague skinks and weeds. See the list of pests on the Regional Pest Management Strategy.

If you're taking your own boat or kayak, check the vessel before you leave. Check potential 'shelters' like open lockers and dinghies. Look for signs of rodents, like droppings or gnawed wiring.

Control pests

You can keep fresh rodent bait or set traps on your vessel.

Place rat guards on mooring ropes or anchor chains to prevent rats from coming on board.

Destroy any rats, mice, ants or skinks found in your gear or on your vessel. Don't throw rats or mice overboard alive as they can swim up to 1km.

If you see any pests on pest-free islands, call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) or contact us on 09 301 0101.

Biosecurity warrant system for commercial operators

For commercial vessel and tourism operators, we offer a biosecurity warrant system that assesses:

  • how well you apply biosecurity measures
  • how you communicate biosecurity best practice to your customers.

For information on how you can get a warrant, see Pest-free warrant on the Treasure Island website.

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