Motutapu is a Treasure Island
Motutapu Island is directly behind Rangitoto Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf and joined to it by a causeway.
Access to Motutapu is by public passenger ferry, charter boat, charter boat, private boat, or kayak.
There is a wharf at Home Bay. Rangitoto's Islington Bay Wharf is also near the island's western end.
Public passenger ferry and private charter
Ferry service is limited. The public passenger ferry operators that travel to this island only maintain a limited service.
If you are chartering a commercial vessel to the island, check the operator has a Pest-Free Warrant. Commercial vessels that use the wharf will also need a wharf landing permit.
Find boat services to Motutapu Island.
Safe anchorages for private boats include Islington Bay (Rangitoto) and Home Bay on Motutapu.
Motutapu Island is accessible to very experienced kayakers. It takes approximately three hours to kayak to Home Bay from Mission Bay. Several kayak operators offer kayak rentals and guided kayak tours to Motutapu. See the Commercial Operators section.
Know before you go
- There is no public transport on the island.
- There are no shops on the island. The Reid Homestead at Home Bay may open at times and has drinks and food available.
- Take care on the beaches of Motutapu. Do not to disturb nesting birds from September to March.
- Beware of wasps and sandflies.