Little Barrier Island as seen from Mangawhai

Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons


Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island is New Zealand's first nature reserve, established in 1896 and a safe haven for a multitude of critically endangered species.


Te Hauturu o Toi – the resting place of the wind – is the gold standard for predator free New Zealand and our jewel in the crown for conservation. Often described as our most intact ecosystem, it is without doubt one of the most important reserves of its kind in the world.

Approximately 40 species of rare or endangered birds, 14 reptile and 2 bat species, and more than 400 native plants flourish in this pest-free sanctuary. Among many success stories, the beautiful hihi/stichbird, which would have been extinct if not for this island, thrive and are able to be translocated to other pest-free island sanctuaries.

Lying just 80 km north of our largest city, Auckland, you need a permit from DOC before visiting the island.

View the video Hauturu o Toi - New Zealand's Ark.

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • No dogs allowed

    To protect our native widlife, dogs are not allowed anywhere in this place.

  • Check you are pest-free

    Check, clean, and seal your gear to ensure you don't bring pests, soil, and seeds.

    See island biosecurity requirements.

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About this place

Getting there

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

You can only travel in a vessel authorised to transport visitors to the island, and you need a permit from DOC before you visit.

See Know before you go to Hauturu.


Mahurangi / Warkworth Office
Phone:   +64 9 425 7812
Address:   Unit 12
30 Hudson Road
Postal Address:   PO Box 474
Warkworth 0941
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