Island nature reserves that require a landing permit
Fascinated kids discovering a takahe, Tiritiri Matangi Island
You must have a landing permit to land on these islands:
- Mokohinau Islands (all except Burgess Island)
- Little Barrier Island/Hauturu
- Cuvier Island
- Mercury Islands (all except Great Mercury Island)
- Alderman Islands
- Whangamata Islands
You can visit most publicly owned conservation islands in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. These include Beehive, Motutara, Motuora, Saddle, Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe, Motukorea (Browns), Motutapere in the Coromandel Harbour, and Mahurangi, off the Coromandel coast. Parts of Great Barrier, Kawau and Waiheke are also public conservation land.
These islands are protected, and many are free of animal pests. Follow the rules when you visit.
Marine reserves are our national parks of the sea. You can visit by boat and go diving, swimming, and snorkelling. You must not take marine life or harm the natural habitats.
Marine reserves within the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park are:
- Cape Rodney-Okakari Point (also known as Goat Island), near Leigh
- Long Bay-Okura, north of Auckland
- Motu Manawa-Pollen Island, in the upper Waitemata Harbour
- Te Matuku, off the southern end of Waiheke Island
- Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove), near Whitianga
- Tāwharanui Marine Reserve, approximately 90 km north of Auckland