Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island Nature Reserve
Located in the Auckland region
IntroductionTe Hauturu-o-Toi can only be visited with a permit. Permits are issued for research, education, cultural or management purposes.
Contact Maungauika/North Head Office for information about permits.
Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island was New Zealand's first nature reserve. It's one of the last remnants of primeval New Zealand, and as such, is an invaluable refuge for rare and endangered plants, birds and animals.
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.
Te Maraeroa Flat on Hauturu 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 Māori gardening, the remains of the first caretaker's house constructed in 1898, and the grave of caretaker Robert Hunter-Blair.
|Maungauika / North Head Office
|0800 275 362
|+64 4 471 1117
North Head Historic Reserve
18 Takarunga Road
North Shore 0624
PO Box 32026
North Shore 0744
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