Photo by Jacqui Geux

Ark in the Park has been the subject of many research projects looking at a range of topics such as the distribution of native species, managing predator control in a mainland island, and the complexity of our forest. 

This has seen us work with researchers from institutions both here in New Zealand and overseas. The Ark has also been studied by several postgraduate students as part of research projects and theses.

Doing research at Ark in the Park

If you are interested in doing research or monitoring at Ark in the Park, please get in touch with us.

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Research library

The following papers and reports were completed at the Ark, and are available to download.

2015 Bruce Calvert Botanical survey of vascular flora at Ark in the Park

Summary Report (PDF)

Data (Excel)


Iris Clerx

(HAS University of Applied Sciences)

Correlations between rat presence and geographical features (Currently unavailable)
2013 Eruera Nathan Research Summary: The spatial extent of pest management outcomes at Ark in the Park, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park Summary Report (PDF)

Ami Maxwell

(Auckland Council summer studentship)

Arboreal Relative Rat Density vs. Ground Relative Rat Density at Ark in the Park, New Zealand Report (PDF)

Andrew Warneford

(MSc thesis. Massey University)

Controlling pests in New Zealand sanctuaries: Varying the spatial distribution of the standard grid system in a mainland conservation project Thesis (PDF)


Ark in the Park is located in the Waitākere Ranges, which are currently closed to minimise the spread of kauri dieback disease.