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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Kawau Island. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Once mined for its copper, Kawau Island was owned by Governor George Grey from the 1860s. A collector of exotic plants and animals, Grey imported deer, kangaroos, peacocks, zebras, monkeys and other species to the island. Today his Mansion House is part of a historic reserve.


George Grey,

Nearshore islands,

‘King George’,

George Grey,

Protected areas,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number Spectrum 817).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Peacocks & Zebras on Kawau - Roadside Stories