Department of Conservation -Treasure Islands

Help look after the Hauraki Gulf
Rangototo Island NZ
The '
Treasure Islands' campaign is a joint initiative between the Department of Conservation and the Auckland Council to help protect conservation islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Eagleflight is a supporter of this initiative.

With many of our flights landing within the Hauraki Gulf islands Eagleflight has put procedures in place to to ensure our aircraft and passengers are assisting this fantastic effort. 

What you need to do:

  • Check your bags,gear and equipment for rats, mice, Argentine ants, rainbow skinks, soils and seeds
  • Check your bedding and pillow thoroughly for stowaways
    (Mice, insect pests and the invasive rainbow skink could hide in your bag)
  • No open bags allowed. Put sleeping bags into a zipped bag or pack
  • Clean dirty gear especially footwear, fishing gear etc, removing soil and seeds
    (Weed seeds cling to clothing and shoes, and may carry unwanted plant diseases).
  • Eagleflight staff and crew will assist with these procedures and can provide the correct cleaning equipment. 

Lying within the waters of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park are over 50 islands and five marine reserves, all providing safe havens for some of New Zealand's most endangered species, as well as providing opportunities for visitors to enjoy a fantastic wildlife experience close to Auckland.

The marine park was created in 2000 to recognise and protect more than 1.2 million hectares of ocean on the east coast of the Auckland and Waikato regions, and includes the Waitemata Harbour, Firth of Thames and eastern coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula. It is New Zealand's first national park of the sea.

Many of the Gulf islands are pest-free, with five of these very close to Auckland city - Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe and Browns/Motukorea, all managed by the Department of Conservation, and Rakino Island, managed by Auckland Council. There are many others further afield, like Tiritiri Matangi and the Noises. It is these islands that the Treasure islands campaign protects. The majority are open to the public for recreation and relaxation, but a few are pest-free sanctuaries for endangered species, and to land there you must have a permit.

Pests have the ability to undo the great restoration work that's happening in the Gulf and there are plenty of ways you can help.

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