Papatara Bay, Motukawanui Island
Image: Justine Sanderson | Creative Commons

Introduction

Enjoy outstanding views of Mahinepua Peninsula, Matauri Bay and other forested islands of the Cavalli group from this walk along the ridge tops.

Track overview

3.5 km one way

Walking and tramping

1 hr 50 min Easy: Walking track

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 track

Description

From Wai-Iti Bay in the southwest of the island, the Motukawanui Island track rises to the main ridge, and then takes you along to the trig on the highpoint.

The track follows the ridge tops and provides outstanding views of Mahinepua Peninsula, Matauri Bay and other forested islands of the Cavalli group.

Getting there

The Cavalli Islands are located off Northland’s east Coast about 3 km northeast of Matauri Bay. Motukawanui can be accessed by boat. In good weather, you can also reach the island by kayak.

The Motukawanui Island track can be accessed from Wai-iti or Papatara bays on the southern coast or from the northern-most end of the Motukawanui Island.

Know before you go

  • No dogs or fires due to risks to wildlife.
  • Camping is not permitted due to the risk of fire and threat to the kiwi population and other wildlife on the island.

Contacts

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