Banks Track was the first private walking track in New Zealand. This eco-tourism venture paved the way to move into conservation, protecting the rich biodiversity, native bush, penguin colonies, sooty shearwater, native birds, lizards and insects.
Pohatu Penguins began when a story was published in the local gazette in 1999 on the colony of 1300 breeding pairs of Little Penguins and demand grew to see them. These eco-tourism ventures began to create a steady income to pay for predator control which has now spread throughout Banks Peninsula. As a result, penguin numbers have increased, and the last mainland Titi colony on Banks Peninsula has been saved. Spotted skinks and cook scurvy grass have increased within the Titi enclosure. Monitoring systems are in place to aid research projects.