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.
Positioned at the entrance to Te Moananui-ō-Toi/ Hauraki Gulf, Te Hauturu-o-Toi is named for its highest peak, ‘the windblown summit of Toi’.
Hauturu is home to around 1,700 plant species and, over 40 breeding species of birds including a massive seabird population.
From a research perspective, this combination of size, elevation, type and extent of forest cover provides the only opportunity to study interactions between plants, invertebrates, reptiles, birds and bats that were once a feature of mainland forests – a vital ecological baseline for New Zealand’s natural environment and what it can be.
The only two mammalian pest species to reach Hauturu (kiore – (Pacific rats), and feral cats) were eliminated by 2004. The island’s pest-free status has increased its significance as a nature reserve. While there are larger pest-free island sanctuaries, they are in very remote locations with extreme climates.
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.
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