Auckland area

Looking east from the jetty, Little Barrier Island. Photo: Rod Morris.

Looking east from the landing area, Little Barrier Island

Map showing Auckland region.

Little Barrier is one of New Zealand's most valuable nature reserves. Its Maori name Te Hauturu-o-Toi means 'resting place of the winds'.

The island is a specially protected nature reserve, where human impacts are kept to a minimum and extreme care is taken to keep the island free of introduced animals and plants.

Permits required

You need a permit to visit this thickly forested island that is home to over 350 native species of plants. It’s an incredible place to view wildlife.


Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island lies 80 km north of Auckland city on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Mahurangi / Warkworth Office
Phone:      +64 9 425 7812
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