Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island is one of New Zealand's predator-free nature reserves, and home to a multitude of endangered species. You must first obtain a permit to visit.


This is a Hauraki Gulf Treasure Island. Check your gear for pests before you visit.

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Diving and snorkelling
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Find things to do Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island Nature Reserve

      North Island kaka, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island.
      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.
      Well maintained 1910 grave of caretaker Robert Hunter-Blair, Te Maraeora, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island

      Historic appreciation

      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.

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      Getting there

      Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island lies 80 km north of Auckland city on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf. You can only travel to Little Barrier Island in a vessel authorised to transport visitors to the island.

      You will need to get a permit from DOC before you visit. See Know before you go to Little Barrier.


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