North Island kaka, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island
Bird and wildlife watching
Many native birds thrive on Little Barrier since the eradication of feral cats and kiore/Pacific rat.
Diving and snorkelling
The underwater scenery on a dive around Little Barrier Island includes huge boulders, pinnacles and deep crevices. In and around these you can spot sponges, crayfish, red moki, black angelfish, scarlet wrasse, demoiselles and John Dory.
Well maintained 1910 grave of caretaker Robert Hunter-Blair, Te Maraeora, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island
Te Maraeroa Flat on Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island was extensively used for cultivation by Māori then Pākehā. The ground has never been disturbed by powered machinery so it has high archaeological value.
Features that can be seen today include stone mounds and alignments associated with early Maori gardening, the remains of the first caretaker's house constructed in 1898, and the grave of caretaker Robert Hunter-Blair. See Te Maraeora Flat, Little Barrier Island heritage assessment.
Little Barrier Island is a photographer’s paradise. The views of the island as you approach it from the sea, its dramatic boulder strewn shoreline and the abundance of native birds all make for some great photos.