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Raoul Island Survivor – outweed, outplay and outlast

Halfway between New Zealand and Tonga lies a sub-tropical island paradise few will ever visit.

Pōhutukawa, with leaves twice as big as their mainland counterparts, cover the island.

Tui, parakeets and petrel populate the skies. The snorkelling is spectacular.

But the island is not open to the public and the lucky few who are allowed to visit and stay must first make it through a Survivor-style five-day “shakedown”.

Every year a handful of people are selected by the Department of Conservation (DoC) to become Raoul Island rangers, who spend a year living on the island eradicating weeds.

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