Kauri Die-back Disease
Waiheke Island is currently free of the deadly disease killing our mature Kauri trees, let’s keep it that way!
Kauri Die-back is causing devastation to our Kauri forests throughout the northern part of New Zealand. We have some beautiful stands of Kauri on the Island and the Waiheke Walking Festival organisers are committed to doing everything possible to prevent this disease spreading to Waiheke.
Before arriving on Waiheke – please ensure you have thoroughly scrubbed any footwear you are bringing to Waiheke.
Before and after every walk – You will be required to spray your footwear prior to the start and following the completion of every walk you participate in during the Waiheke Walking Festival. This is to ensure that no contaminants are brought in to an area, and also to ensure that if there is, unfortunately, Kauri Die-back disease on Waiheke, that it is contained in that area and not spread to other parts of the Island.
During walks – You may also be required to scrub and spray your shoes part way through a walk, again for prevention and containment purposes, your team of volunteers and guides will instruct you on this.
Thank you very much for your support and commitment to keeping Waiheke Island Kauri Die-back Disease free.