Motutapu Island
Motutapu Island

Motutapu Island

Auckland, Auckland

The basics

Travelers can explore one of the island’s popular walking tracks, like the Motutapu Walkway, which connects the causeway to Rangitoto Island and the ferry dock. Several World War II military sites in the northern junction offer history buffs a glimpse of gun pits, shelters, and fortresses. Those looking to give back can volunteer at the Motutapu Restoration Trust, where locals and out-of-towners work alongside each other to plant trees, clean up beaches, and monitor wildlife.

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Things to know before you go

  • History buffs and bird lovers alike will make the most of cultural and natural resources.
  • Outdoor adventurers may overnight at one of the island’s popular campsites.
  • Dogs are not allowed on all island reserves in the Hauraki Gulf. Follow all biosecurity requirements to keep Motutapu predator-free; rangers may check your gear.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring insect repellent to ward off sand flies and wasps.
  • Be sure to bring plenty of food and water, but take your trash with you.
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How to get there

Located alongside Rangitoto in the Hauraki Gulf, Motutapu Island lies just northeast of Auckland. It is best reached by public passenger ferry from the city’s Ferry Building; the ride to Home Bay Wharf is approximately 30 minutes. Access to Motutapu is also possible by charter boat or private boat; experienced kayakers can paddle there in 3 hours. Public transportation is not available on the island.

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When to get there

The ferry to Motutapu is limited and only operates on weekends and public holidays. During summer months, Home Bay makes for a safe swimming beach with the Visitors Centre at the historic Reid Homestead located nearby. Take care not to disturb nesting shorebirds whose eggs may be camouflaged on beaches, from September–March.

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Situated in the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park, the “the sacred island of Taikehu” (as it is known to the Maori people) is ideally positioned for viewing marine life. Birdwatchers, however, can find plenty of bird species to check off their lists, from New Zealand dotterel to forest dwellers like saddleback, wood pigeon, whitehead, bellbird, tui, red-crowned parakeet, and even—if lucky—takahe and the Coromandel brown kiwi. Hiking trails are easily accessed from Home Bay.

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