Using Controlled Areas to save kauri

What is a Controlled Area?

In a Controlled Area, there are certain things you must do when visiting to help stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.

There are Controlled Areas in place in the Auckland region:

  • on certain open tracks in the Waitākere Ranges
  • in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve in the Waitākere Ranges
  • in parts of the Hunua Ranges. 

To find out about the rules for each area above, view maps and find out more about Controlled Area Notices, go to the Biosecurity New Zealand website.
A Controlled Area and its rules are declared using a Controlled Area Notice, or CAN, which is issued under section 131 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.

You may be prosecuted if you don't comply with the rules of a Controlled Area Notice.  There may be video surveillance in the area.

What are the rules for Controlled Areas?

Signs explain what you must do when entering or leaving an area.

The rules may vary from area to area.  You should check the rules for each area before you go.  In general: 

  • you cannot take footwear, equipment or other items with visible soil into the Controlled Area and you may not be able to take these items out of the Controlled Area
  • to help you comply, you must also use all cleaning stations that you encounter
  • you must also follow any instructions at the site. 

Which tracks are open in areas with Controlled Area Notices?

To find out more about which tracks are open in the Waitākere Ranges and the Hunua Ranges, go to the Auckland Council website.

To find out more about which tracks are open in the Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve in the Waitākere Ranges, go to the Department of Conservation website.

Why do tracks close?

Land owners and managers may also close tracks completely to the public to protect kauri.

Find out more about why tracks close.