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    Kawau Island, Auckland Region, New Zealand. An island in the Hauraki Gulf with an odd history. Fought over initially by Maori tribes keen to access it's beautiful harbours, the European colonial history has centred around George Grey, a politician and eccentric animal collector who settled here with a menagerie of exotic animals, including giraffes, monkeys, peacocks and wallabies. The wallabies survived and are considered a pest, with extensive extermination initiatives carried out by locals and the Department of Conservation. The house Grey built, named Mansion House, still survives and is a tourist attraction. This panorama is of North Cove, which is completely roadless, hemmed in by native subtropical forest and accessible only by boat. Some of the wealthier holiday home owners have Sealegs: amphibious vehicles designed in New Zealand.