Just 80 kilometres from downtown Auckland, there is another world...
Hauturu is a global symbol of conservation success and innovation. Its status as New Zealand’s oldest nature reserve and its most intact, least disturbed ecosystem, make it truly unique.
The remote isolation of the islands of New Zealand in the vast Pacific Ocean influenced the unique evolutionary development of the country’s flora and fauna…. Hauturu is a jewel in this conservation crown.
In 1895, Hauturu-ō-Toi / Little Barrier Island became New Zealand’s first Nature Reserve.
Few people have the opportunity to get to Hauturu, with access heavily restricted and landing prohibited except by permit. This is to protect the island’s ecosystem.