General description

Small, brown to grey insectivorous mammal with spiny coat.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell any hedgehog within the Auckland region.

Forest, scrub, sand dunes, urban gardens, plantations, pasture, orchards.

Eats native invertebrates, ground-nesting birds' eggs and small reptiles. Vector for a variety of diseases, including bovine TB.


If you see a hedgehog on a pest-free island within the Tīkapa Moana/Hauraki Gulf, please report it to Auckland Council at pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Find out more:

Please refer to the Pest animal control guidelines for information on how to control hedgehogs, or contact Auckland Council at pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

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RPMP status

Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area pest (Site-led)
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
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