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The University of Auckland Reserves

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The University of Auckland Reserves

The University of Auckland owns a number of ecological reserves and properties outside of the campus grounds. The University has been gifted these properties by alumni or has purchased them, and students and staff of the University and partners are encouraged to make use of these reserves for their research projects and teaching. These properties provide University a valuable resource for teaching and field research across a wide range of disciplines.

The ecological reserves represent a range of habitats including coastal vegetation, kauri forest, and scrublands (mature manuka and kanuka). Research conducted in the reserves focusses on many aspects, in particular, climate change, ecological community composition, and mammal behaviour, these research projects add to the long term monitoring that is undertaken.

Enquiries regarding visiting or using the reserves for research should be directed to the Reserves Co-ordinator: reserves@auckland.ac.nz

History of Reserves video

Discover the history of the University of Auckland’s Reserves in Anawhata, Oratia and Huapai. The University’s Reserves have been gifted to the University from alumni and friends and are a valuable teaching and learning resource for our staff and students.

Featuring interviews with Cate Macinnis-Ng from the School of Environment, Anawhata Reserve Historians John and Alan La Roche and University Reserves Coordinator Joanne Peace.

  • University Reserves Advisory Group

    The University Reserves Advisory Group is responsible for advising on the uses and management of the University's reserves and related matters.

  • Resources for University staff and students

    The information about our reserves on this page is intended for staff and students of The University of Auckland only.

  • Anawhata Reserve

    Anawhata Reserve comprises 7 ha of coastal forest in various stages of regeneration and is an important heritage site for the University of Auckland as well as for New Zealand.

  • Ardmore Field Station

    Ardmore Field Station is 10.5 ha of pastoral land that is currently utilised as a field site for meteorological and radio research, and research on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and fluxes.

  • Goldies Homestead

    Goldies Homestead is a teaching winery with an area of re-vegetated land and preserved wetland providing habitat for many significant native plants and birds.

  • Huapai Reserve

    The Huapai reserve is 15 ha of kauri forest, mature kanuka scrub, areas supporting puriri, taraire, rewarewa, and podocarps.

  • Leigh Marine Laboratory

    The laboratory acts as the University's 'marine campus', at the edge of the Goat Island Marine Reserve about 100 kilometres north of the city of Auckland.

  • Oratia Reserve

    The Oratia reserve is 9.5 ha of kauri forest, podocarp and broadleaf species.