Matakohe - Limestone Island, a sanctuary in the heart of Whangarei Harbour. The island has been the focus of restoration efforts since 1989

Employing a full time resident ranger; re-establishing native flora; eradicating mammalian predators from the island and surrounding area to provide a safe habitat for re-introduced native fauna including kiwi, banded rail, New Zealand dotterel, skinks and geckos; providing a place for environmental education from primary to tertiary students and the general public.

community input has transformed Matakohe-Limestone Island from degraded pasture into a regenerating forest habitat – 155,000 trees planted and counting.

Mammalian predators have been eradicated from the island, meaning this ‘new’ forest is now a safe home for a growing variety of threatened native fauna that have been re-introduced, including kiwi, banded rail, New Zealand dotterel, moko skink and forest gecko.

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Guest Donor on 18 Mar 2021
Thank you Jo for looking after us so well when John slipped on the rocks. Your calm, professional care was very much appreciated. We loved Limestone Island, it was certainly worth the visit.
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