What we look after
DOC is responsible for around 220 larger offshore islands, and hundreds of smaller islands and rock stacks.
Our offshore islands include:
- 21 island groups eg Poor Knights group (Northland), Mercury Islands (east of Coromandel Peninsula), Chetwode Islands (Marlborough Sounds), Auckland Islands (subantarctic islands).
- 11 islands that are partly reserve eg D'Urville Island, Kapiti Island, Great Barrier Island.
- 8 inland freshwater island reserves (eg Mou Tapu and Mou Waho Islands in Lake Wanaka).
42% of our offshore islands are nature reserves because of their outstanding biological values. A permit is required to visit these islands.
Map of offshore islands
More on New Zealand's offshore islands
Restoration projects on offshore islands
Some of the islands where you are free to visit and participate in projects are:
- Urupukapuka, which is part of Project Island Song in the Bay of Islands
Hauraki Gulf Marine Park