Visting Ark in the Park
Can I visit Ark in the Park?
No — Ark in the Park is located in the Waitākere Ranges, which are currently closed to minimise the spread of kauri dieback disease.
Kauri dieback disease
What is kauri dieback disease and what causes it?
Kauri dieback disease infects kauri trees (Agathis australis), which are endemic to the upper North Island and form a major part of Ark in the Park’s forest ecosystem. The disease is fatal and there is no known cure. It is caused by a tiny spore that lives in soil, which may be spread around tracks in mud or dirt on people’s shoes.
More info on www.kauridieback.co.nz.
Why are tracks closed?
This was followed by a Controlled Area Notice from the Ministry for Primary Industries. This is an enforceable mechanism under the Biosecurity Act to control the movement of materials that may cause a biosecurity risk, in this case visible soil.
Are any tracks in the Waitākere Ranges open?
For a full list of what tracks are open, please visit the Auckland Council website.
Is research being done on kauri dieback disease?
For a full overview of the scientific research being done on kauri dieback disease, please visit the Kauri Dieback Programme website.
What is Ark in the Park doing to prevent the spread of kauri dieback?
Ark in the Park immediately established hygiene procedures to reduce the spread of disease, based on advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries and Auckland Council.
We have a standard operating procedure that all staff and volunteers follow to minimise the spread of kauri dieback disease while carrying out vital conservation work.