In the bush

A significant section of the sanctuary is being restored to its natural state through natural and active reintroduction, regeneration and revegetation. This will create a representative range of the natural communities that were originally present on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, including coastal lowland forest, dunelands, cliff, rocky and sandy shore communities, and saline and freshwater wetlands.

You can find a summary of the flora of each kind of ecosystem, along with short description of our birds and lizards.   You can also read how to create a wildlife sanctuary in your own garden.

Reintroductions of missing species began in 2015, and several others have been carried out since then. Short accounts of each one are below, in order of arrival.