Introduction

Catch a boat to Motukawanui Island and stay overnight in this hut. It's a good base from which to experience Northland's Cavalli Islands. This is a serviced 2-bunk hut (sleeps 12). The hut must be booked online in advance.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

Under 1 hour

Category

Serviced

Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Mattresses
12 bunk beds

About this hut

Facilities

Motukawanui Hut.
Motukawanui Hut

View from Motukawanui Hut.
View from Motukawanui Hut

  • Lighting by candle
  • Cold tap water
  • Composting toilet
  • Platform bunks

Getting there

Access to the island is by boat only.

The hut is in Waiiti Bay on Motukawanui Island.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: AV29

Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1685593, N6125770

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free

Backcountry Hut Tickets and Passes can't be used at this hut - pay when you make a booking.

Bookings

Book Motukawanui Hut online or contact:

Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Email:   bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Read the terms and conditions before you book.

Know before you go

  • Camping is not permitted due to the risk of fire, which poses a huge threat to the kiwi population and other wildlife on the island. Toilet waste from campers may pollute waterways or damage archaeological sites.
  • Wai-iti Bay is sheltered with a sandy beach suitable for swimming and snorkelling as well as the safe beaching of dinghies and kayaks.
  • No dogs.
  • The hut is locked. You will receive instructions on getting the access code in your booking confirmation letter.

Weather

The weather can change rather quickly in the channel crossing over to the island, so it is advisable to consider this when preparing to cross, ensuring also that all safety procedures are met. Read the Maritime Safety leaflet.

Kauri dieback logo.

Help stop kauri dieback

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

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Contacts

Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Email:   bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Address:   2 South End Ave
Raumanga
Whangarei 0110
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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