Updated at 10:20 pm on 2 April 2013
Native plants and endangered birds including kiwi are the latest to suffer at the hands of the drought.
Trees and animals are dying, and sanctuaries and regional parks are worried about the risk of fire and the need to close if the parched conditions don't improve.
region, dried-up waterways mean wildlife are running out of food. Auckland
Open sanctuaries co-ordinator at Auckland Council Matt Maitland says seven pateke, or brown teal ducks, as well as kiwi and other native birds have died.
Many of the park's native plants are now wilted and brown.
A conservation forest in
in the Park, is having similar problems. Manager Gillian Wadams says mahoe and
kawakawa are wilting and there are cracks in the soil in what is normally a
rainforest environment. Waitakere, Ark