Treasure Islands

Help us protect and keep our Hauraki Gulf islands pest-free

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Help keep our Hauraki Gulf islands pest-free

Our vehicle and passenger ferries are licensed by DOC and the Auckland Council to visit pest-free conservation islands and other islands in the Hauraki Gulf. 

Prepare for your trip by being alert for stowaways such as: Argentine ants, rainbow skinks, soil, seeds, mice or rats. 

Protect our wildlife:

  • Make sure all food is packed and sealed in plastic rodent proof containers with lids
  • Ensure cardboard boxes are closed and taped – there must be no opportunity for an unwanted pest to access the box in transit
  • Ensure all footwear and gear is clean and free of soil
  • Check any camping or overnight gear for stowaways. Gear that has been stored is high risk
  • Check seedlings, potting mix or plant matter to ensure there are no hitch-hikers
  • Seal up your gear/food as soon as you have finished packing and leaved them closed till to reach your destination

When you arrive on a pest-free island, you may be met by rangers to recheck your gear. For more information please visit: for further information on biosecurity.


For more information regarding biosecurity requirements for charters to pest-free DOC managed islands (Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe) contact Carol Nanning, Service Ranger - Island Biosecurity, on mobile 027 777 2443 or email