Image: Sabine Bernert | ©


We share the responsibility to look after the species that make this place unique – join us by observing the following guidance.


That’s how we visit the Kiwi way.

Enjoy seals and sea lions from a distance – at least 20 m away, the length of about two buses. They can move as quickly as you – and you don’t want to get in the way of a seal or sealion and its escape route.

Keep your picnic for yourself. Feeding our birds and other wildlife can cause them serious harm. Even though they might try to persuade you otherwise, human food is not part of their natural diet. Worst case scenario, the wrong food can be fatal.

Take extra care if you have dogs with you. While your beloved furry friend might be having the time of their life, it’s a different story for the birds they’re chasing. And just one panicked seal can start a chain reaction in a breeding colony, where pups are at risk of being crushed by adult seals rushing to the sea for safety.

Leave nesting birds alone. If you come across a roped off area when you’re enjoying the outdoors, chances are you’ve stumbled across a very special place – a nesting ground for one of our critically endangered species, like dotterel or black gull. Avoiding these places is critical for protection of our endangered species. You need to keep your dog away as well.

You should leave all wildlife undisturbed, and don't collect dead specimens. 

When you need a permit

You must have permission from DOC to:

  • catch or handle wildlife
  • hold live wildlife in captivity, or hold any part of dead wildlife
  • export live/dead wildlife
  • release species into a wild location
  • disturb, harm or kill wildlife or their eggs.

Apply for a permit

Minimise disturbance to our species

It’s important that visitors to public conservation land create minimal disturbance for the species who live there. Find out more on these pages:

On land


Found a sick animal?

Report sick, injured or dead wildlife

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