Background

TWO CENTURIES OF CHANGE: 1810-2010

Discovery and Use
Campbell Island was discovered by Captain Hasselburg of the sealing brig Perseverance in 1810. The isolation and bleak weather didn't deter the hardy souls who followed, and decades of sealing, whaling and farming ensued, with the inevitable escape of ship rats and cats onto the Island. As the world changed and resources declined, the whaling and sealing fleets dispersed and farms were abandoned, but the human legacy of rats, livestock, and weeds continued to impact the Island’s ecology for almost 190 years.
 
Restoration
The 21st century welcomed in a new era. In 2001 New Zealand led the world with the largest ever island rat eradication, that in conjunction with the removal of livestock left the Island predator-free. Today those that go to the Island are there to see the unique plants and animals that in the absence of pests are now recolonising.

 

World Heritage Wonder
Campbell Island is a Noah’s Ark for many plants and animals including the Campbell Island Teal, snipe, albatross, and the Yellow-eyed Penguin. The mega herbs of the island are globally unique and attract people from over the world. It is easy to see why it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.