Motuihe island was declared pest free in 2005. The eradication programme rid the island of a number of introduced animals that were destroying native plants and wildlife. Boats are one of the main ways that unwanted pests like rats, mice and cats can be transported to our island reserves so strict biosecurity measures are in place. DOGS, CATS AND OTHER DOMESTIC ANIMALS ARE PROHIBITED FROM BEACH AND LAND ON MOTUIHE ISLAND.
• Dogs and other animals are prohibited on any part of Motuihe Island. Endangered birds, like the NZ Dotteral, are put at risk if your pet disturbs their nesting sites.
• Open Fires are prohibited, Gas BBQs are permitted.
• All your rubbish needs to be taken off the island with you – there are no rubbish disposal facilities.
• When you arrive by boat, check your boat and supplies for rodent stowaways. Keep poison bait stations on board.
• Observe the signs and stay away from shorebird nesting areas.
• Take care when visiting archaeological or historic sites.
• PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU DO NOT BRING SOIL WITH SEEDS ON DIRTY SHOES.
• If bringing camping gear please check for mice, rats and ants before you leave your home.