The Coromandel Peninsula contains many significant natural areas of exceptionally high ecological significance.
It is characterised by its ecological complexity and diversity, providing strongholds for many nationally threatened species, including several species which are only found within the Coromandel and nowhere else in the world.
The groundbreaking work of our conservation groups and their many volunteers have ensured the protection of many of Aotearoa's endangered taonga and the Hauraki Coromandel is one of the few areas in New Zealand where the Kiwi population is increasing.
A total of 107 nationally threatened species (51 plants and 56 animal species) have been recorded as being present.
Offshore islands extending in size up to the 1800 ha Ahuahu | Great Mercury Island are a feature of our region. Middle and Green Islands in the Mercury Group, have never had introduced predators establish and they are all internationally significant. They represent the “Crown Jewels” of the region and provide a window into “Ancient Aotearoa”.
The Coromandel islands led the development of island pest eradication in the 1980s, and now 80%, by area, are Predator Free.