Commercial operators can get a warrant to show they're meeting the biosecurity standards for visiting Hauraki Gulf islands.


To help protect our islands, we've set up a biosecurity warrant system for commercial vessel and tourism operators. Getting a warrant shows you are meeting biosecurity standards for visiting islands in the Gulf.

The warrant involves an annual inspection process to assess how well you apply biosecurity measures, and how well you communicate biosecurity best practice to your customers.

Why get a warrant?

  • A warrant allows you to use the Pest-free Warrant logo, offering you a distinct marketing advantage: your customers will value your clean green commitment.
  • Your business will appear on our biosecurity friendly list.
  • Reduced risk of pest invasion on Hauraki Gulf islands, giving protection to the environment your customers are coming to see.
  • Involvement in a process that is clear, simple and applicable to a range of activities.
  • A standard condition for most DOC concessions and wharf permits for the Hauraki Gulf islands is the requirement for a Pest-free Warrant.

Example of the pest-free warrant logo

Who needs a warrant?

You may fit within more than one of the categories listed below. A single warrant will be issued to cover all facets of your particular business:

  • Those who offer commercial vessel services to islands.
  • Those commercial vessels that wish to land at DOC and Auckland Council managed island wharves.
  • Those who hold DOC concessions to guide or run events on an island.
  • Other service suppliers like caterers and gear-hire companies who may be contracted by the above three groups.

How to get a warrant

Contact one of our biosecurity staff for an application form.

Once your form has been received an appointment will be made to inspect and assess your operation. The inspection looks at how well you apply biosecurity measures to your direct operation and how well you communicate biosecurity best practice advice to your customers.

A free warrant inspection of your operation will be made by a biosecurity staff member by booking an appointment at least two weeks in advance. If you successfully meet all biosecurity requirements at the initial inspection, you receive a Pest-free Warrant for the next 12 months. The warrant is subject to interim monitoring checks during the year.

Training and induction video 

This video h developed for low risk Pest-free Warranted operators working in the Hauraki Gulf to use for induction support for their staff and crew.

It is a training tool for pest control requirements, and to help on shore marshalls to identify risk goods and what to do if faced with them. 

Watch the video.

Other permits you may need

You may also need one of the following permits to undertake commercial activities on DOC managed public conservation land:

  • Concession - this DOC permit allows you to undertake commercial activities, ie, guided walking, on public conservation land. A standard condition for most DOC concessions for the Hauraki Gulf islands is the requirement for a Pest-free Warrant.
  • Wharf use permit - this permit allows commercial boat operators to use DOC managed wharves in the Hauraki Gulf. As with concessions, a standard condition of wharf use permits is the requirement for a Pest-free Warrant.
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