Frequently asked Questions
If we have not answered your question below, you might like to contact us or you can fill out the Enquiry Form at the bottom of this page.
Can anyone visit the island?
Yes, Matakohe-Limestone Island is a scenic reserve, open to all members of the public to enjoy,. You may visit whenever you wish. However, some restrictions apply such as no dogs or other pets and please make sure you do not accidentally bring any Argentine ants or any other unwanted pests. Camping and open fires are also not permitted.
What are the lines you can see from Onerahi?
The lines are tractor mown strips 25 meters apart which give volunteers access to change rodent baits in the poison stations which are every 25 metres down the grass strips. The stations are plastic tubing pegged to the ground and there is a grid of about 800 stations over the entire island. Please do not disturb them and be mindful with children.
Who looks after Matakohe-Limestone Island?
The island is owned by Whangarei District Council as a scenic reserve, but is managed by The Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Society (FOMLI), a group of volunteers made up of people just like you. The Society has a ranger permanently stationed on the island and they can be contacted on (09) 436 0923.
Conservation appeals to me, how can I get involved?
You can get involved as much or as little as you like, there will always be room for you. You can find out more information on our Volunteer page or simply phone the Island Ranger on (09) 436 0923 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I be kept informed of island activities?
Yes, by joining our email list to receive monthly Ranger Reports and other snippets of information. Checking our website regularly is good, but you might not get to hear about some things in time to participate. You are welcome to send us your email address - see our contacts page.
We respect your privacy and do not pass on your email address to third parties. We do sometimes circulate emails from other conservation groups where there is an offer for you to participate in something which is local and conservation orientated. We may occasionally invite you to participate in a survey about the island and its management.
How do I buy the history book of the island?
The book "More than just a little Island" by local historian, Tim Clark, can most easily be bought directly from the Society. The book costs $30 plus $5 postage and packaging. It may also be available from some bookshops in Whangarei. Buying a copy from the Society ensures any profit goes back into conservation work on the island. Contact the ranger for more information or to purchase a copy.