Peacocks and zebras on Kawau Island - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Kawau Island

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Kawau Island in the Video tab.

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.

Related web links:

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

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