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The Department of Conservation looks after about 220 offshore islands, including New Zealand's subantarctic islands, and numerous small islets and rock stacks.
Offshore islands that are predator and pest-free are treated as havens or sanctuaries for New Zealand's vulnerable native species.
Water surrounding offshore islands protects from invasions of introduced species that hunt or compete with natives. As a result, many offshore islands have few or no introduced pest species and relatively intact.
Some islands are home to animals and plants that have become extinct on the mainland. Islands are also easier to eradicate pest species from as reinvasion is less likely with a water boundary than on mainland sites.
People can visit most offshore islands, although permits are required to visit some sensitive and special islands. Check with the relevant Department of Conservation office to see if you need to apply for a permit.
Learn what islands we have and how provide critical habitat to a number of native plants and animals.
Northland offshore islands are home to many rare plants, skinks, and a variety of sea and shore birds. The islands are strictly 'no landing zones'.
Find out about the three 'R's' of island restoration: restoration, relocation and rehabilitation.
The introduction of animal pests or weeds to an offshore island can have a devastating impact to the native plants and animals that live there. Storms and other natural events can also pose a threat to offshore island ecosystems.
Discover some of the ways you can be involved in conservation efforts on New Zealand's offshore islands.
View New Zealand's offshore island map.
New Zealand's subantarctic islands have World Herigage status. They are among the world’s least modified environments and are home to diverse and abudant animals and plants.
Free of introduced predators and pests, Mangere and Rangatira island nature reserves in the Chatham Islands are refuges for rare and endemic species including the critically-endangered black robin.
Fiordland National Park is the largest national park in NZ and one of the largest worldwide. It contains hundreds of islands ranging in size from small rock stacks to Resolution Island.
Learn about the restoration progress being made on some of the Coromandel's offshore islands including Cuvier Island, the Mercury Islands and the Aldermen Islands.
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