Trounson Kauri Park, now a Department of Conservation Reserve is 586 hectares of kauri trees, fruiting tree species taraire, tawa and podocarp. Due to the reserve’s fruiting trees the bird life is prolific for such a small reserve. The clear waterways support koura, (crayfish) and native fish-like banded kokopu.
“DOC’s first mainland island in Northland, Trounson Kauri Park is a 586-hectare reserve featuring an impressive stand of kauri trees.DOC are extremely pleased with their success in being able to remove many of the pests and predators in the park, allowing the recovery of native trees, plants and animals. With the removal of most of the possums and rats, and large numbers of stoats, weasels, ferrets, cats, the kukupa (pigeon) is recording an increase in numbers (around 86) and Trounson has become one of the best kiwi (thought to be around 200) breeding sites in New Zealand.
The park has also undertaken the first reintroduction of North Island robins to a mainland site. Similar principles that have been used by DOC on offshore islands – clearing the environmental nasties and being off-limit to the public have been used at Trounson. Re-invasion of pests is always a problem on mainland projects, but because Trounson is relatively isolated and has no large browsing animals like pig, goats and deer, it is more easily controlled.” Kauri Coast online visitor information.
Already home to threatened species such as brown kiwi, kukupa, pekapeka (bats) banded kokopu and kauri snails, the area has potential for the re-introduction of other threatened species such as the robin, kokako, rifleman, Hochstetters frog, lizards, invertebrates and plants like mistletoe.