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:
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.
Visit www.treasureislands.co.nz for more information.