Kauri dieback Controlled Areas

Find out about Controlled Areas in the Waitākere and Hunua Ranges to fight the spread of kauri dieback disease.

An invasive disease

Kauri dieback disease is caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora agathidicida. It spreads with soil movement, including on footwear, equipment, vehicles, animals and pets.

There is no known cure. The only way we can save our kauri forests is to contain the disease and stop it spreading.

Controlled Area Notices in place

Controlled Area Notices were put in place on 1 May 2018 in the Auckland region:

  • on certain open tracks on the Waitākere Ranges
  • parts of the Hunua Ranges. 

This is to help stop the spread of kauri dieback disease. They were put in place under Section 131 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.

The Controlled Area Notices mean there are certain things you must do when visiting these areas. 

Visiting the Waitākere Ranges

When visiting the Waitākere Ranges, you can't take footwear, equipment or other items with visible soil into or out of the walking tracks that are Controlled Areas. To help you comply, you must also use all cleaning stations that you encounter, and follow any instructions at the site. 

Before you visit the Waitākere Ranges, check the Auckland Council's website to find out what tracks are open and subject to the Controlled Area Notice.

You may be prosecuted if you don't comply with a Controlled Area Notice. Note, there may be video surveillance in the area.

Visiting the Hunua Ranges 

When visiting the Hunua Ranges, you can't take footwear, equipment or other items with visible soil into the Controlled Areas. You must use all cleaning stations you encounter, and follow any instructions at the site.  

Before you visit the Hunua Ranges, check the Auckland Council's website to find out what tracks are open and subject to the Controlled Area Notice.

You may be prosecuted if you don't comply with a Controlled Area Notice. Note, there may be video surveillance in the area.

Remove all visible soil

Follow all instructions in the controlled areas. You can take only the following into or out of the Waitakere Ranges Controlled Areas, or into the Hunua Ranges Controlled Areas if they are free of all visible soil:

  • personal effects, including footwear, walking poles, camera tripods, and camping gear
  • vehicles and conveyances including motorbikes, bicycles, and baby buggies
  • companion animals, including dogs and horses
  • tools and research apparatus.

Cleaning stations are designed to clean footwear and some can clean bicycles. You will need to make sure you make your own arrangements to clean other items to ensure they are free of all visible soil. 

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Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this page, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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