Gulf Eco Adventures is bio-security approved by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Auckland Council to visit pest-free conservation islands and other islands in the Hauraki Gulf. We are approved to transport & land passengers on Little Barrier Island, however each passenger requires a landing permit from the Department of Conservation. If you would like to land & visit the island, please enquire with our local Warkworth DOC office for permit applications.
Prepare for your trip by being alert for stowaways and ensuring all your gear is clean.
The main pests we need to be aware of and look out for include:
– Rodents (mice & rats): These pests eat native chicks, eggs, insects & lizards. They compete with our native species for food.
– Argentine Ants: significant threat to native wildlife. They compete for food with native species & displace / eat native wildlife. They build large nests, are organized & aggressive. Basic identification characteristics include:
– 2-3mm in length
– uniform light-brown in colour
– walk in defined, continuous trails (not crazy erratic behaviour)
– Plague / Rainbow Skinks: Prolific breeders & displace native skink. Difficult to distinguish from native skink apart from one distinctive feature: plague skinks have one large scale on top of their heads, where-as NZ native skink have two.
– Soil / Seeds: easily transported on clothes, footwear, bags & other gear. Weeds & noxious plants can quickly take over & strangle native bush. Soil can carry diseases that threaten native plants, such as kauri dieback disease.
Pests can stowaway in your gear. Please check your gear before / when you arrive for your trip, for any pests, soils or seeds.
If disembarking on any nature reserve / pest-free island, please remember:
– all plants & animals are protected and must not be interfered with.
– keep to tracks
– all rubbish including organic waste must be brought off the island with you.