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Camp on the headland near a sandy, sheltered beach and explore the island by foot. Good boat anchorage. Home to kiwi, kākāriki, saddleback and shore skink.

Campsite overview


  • Boat


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Water from tap
16 non-powered/tent sites

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback

    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this campsite

Aerial view of the northern headland.
Aerial view of the northern headland


There is now a Norski toilet at the end of the road on Puriri Ridge.

Getting there

Motuhie Island.
Camping on the island

Located on the North-western headland of Motuihe Island/Te Motu-a-Ihenga. There is a good boat anchorage adjacent to the Motuihe campsite.

The campground is to the left of the road coming off the Motuihe wharf, up the path to the right of the toilet block, only a few minutes walk from Motuihe wharf.

There is no transport available on the island to transport camping equipment.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1772695, N5925165
Latitude: -36.80361291, Longitude: 174.93584276


  • Adult (18+ years): $6 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $3 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay at the self-registration stand at the campsite.


Bookings are essential.

Book Motuihe (Island) campsite online, or contact:

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Full office details

Before you book:

Campsite zones

The Motuihe campsite is divided into five different zones.

Confidence Course: 5 tent sites on the western side of the sealed road, 25 m uphill from the toilet block. 

Parade Ground: 25 tent sites on the headland above wharf road. Follow the timber box steps 100 m west of the toilet block. 

Captain's Camping: 8 tent sites located at the end of the sealed road, uphill and to the left (325 m).

Puriri Ridge: 5 tent sites south of the sealed road amongst the puriri trees. Go uphill and around to the left (250 m).

Range: 5 tent sites south of the water tank tower. Go left off the sealed road (375 m).

View a map of campsite zones (PDF, 1,828K)

In the area

Camp only minutes from clear sheltered beaches and easily explore the entire island by foot. 

Know before you go

  • No fires. No fireworks. Gas cookers may be used.
  • Bring a torch–there is no power supply or light at this campsite. No generators.
  • Water available–this campsite has a spring-fed rural water supply. Giardia may be present. For your health, boil drinking water for at least 3 minutes.
  • Pack in, pack out. There is no rubbish removal service on this island. Take your rubbish with you.
  • The historic water tower is a major hazard, and the site is fenced off. Do not enter the inside of the perimeter fence or the tower.

Help keep Motuihe pest-free

Motuihe is free of animal pests, and the native wildlife on the island depends on your help to keep it that way. Check your gear for rats, mice and other pests.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Full office details
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