• Blog

Predator free Rangitoto

Rangitoto is predator free so the sightings of a black cat on Rangitoto island, which became cat, mice, rat and possum free island in 2011 is a big deal. The island became predator free as an outcome of one of the most intricate island pest-eradication programmes in the world. Since then, birds such as the saddleback, north island brown kiwi, bellbird, takahe and kakariki have heavily populated throughout the island.

Cats are pests as they are highly efficient killers. They kill more birds, geckos, skinks and weta than mice and rats. So the potential sighting of a cat on a predator free island is a big deal.

Pest eradication has allowed native plants to regenerate and establish a food source and natural habitat for native species. Currently, the Department of Conservation facilitates the daily management of the island. This includes pest control, weed extermination, and visitor education on keeping the island pest-free.

Rangitoto island is home to the world’s largest pohutukawa forest. Following forest regeneration, new native species began to arrive. These included the kaka, bellbird, and the tui. Many other bird species now populate the Rangitoto forest including grey warbler, fantail, morepork and  silvereye.  

There are a variety of seabirds that visit the shores of the island. Black backed gull colonies are found near the Rangitoto wharf and the beacon at McKenzie Bay The island is also home to six species of lizard, five of which are native.

The Department of Conservation are taking this matter very seriously as a lot of work has been put into making the island pest free and they endeavour to keep it that way.

 

OUR PARTNERS

#aucklandseakayaks

Skills training before next week's multiday trip with Mahurangi College. @burto1 you legend!
It's just Autumn in Auckland today #rangitoto here we come @visitauckland
Finishing the day with an epic sunset from Motuihe island. We are staying here for a multi day trip with a local high school. Amazing place to stay with kiwi, tautara to name a few 📸superguideeric
Sun's out, guns out. Stunning weather for three days of exploring the Cavalli islands in the tropical far north.
Great paddle past the Candy Cane tower (Mackenzie bay light house) while heading to Rangitoto Island. Stunning paddle with a great group of local high school students  @visitauckland
So nice to float up Williams stream in Parau on the Manukau harbor @visitauckland  thanks to @emr_nz for another amazing event
Motukorea /Browns island twilight tour. Stunning evening with a group of local friends @visitauckland @purenewzealand
Amazing adventures with a Duke of Edinburgh group last weekend. We explored loads of sea caves, learnt about sustainable journeys and the 7 steps of leave no trace @dukeofednz
Stunning morning with flat water as we got set up for another @emr_nz day. Loads of locals learning about how amazing Lake Rototoa is. For those that don't about this amazing sand dune fresh water lake which is located at the northern end of the south head of the Kaipara Harbour should go and check it out. Or even better wait until EMR runs another of their legendary experience days @visitauckland
Gift New Zealand's #1 rated guided experience this Christmas. Sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island. Escape the city to a volcanic island and see why it's a sea kayakers paradise.
top