Motukawanui Island is a good base to experience Northland's Cavalli Islands. Stay overnight at this serviced platform-style bunk hut (sleeps 12).


You can access Motukawanui by boat. In good weather, you can also reach the island by kayak. Make sure you have boat transport to the island organised before booking the hut online.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

Under 1 hour




Bookings required


  • Mattresses
12 bunk beds

About this hut


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.


NZTopo50 map sheet: AV29

Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1685593, N6125770


  • 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.


Book Motukawanui Hut online or contact:

Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
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.


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.


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Full office details
Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
Full office details
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