Nature and conservation
The island’s topography is the most varied of the islands in Ipipiri and ranges from flat areas behind the major bays (Entico, Otehei, Urupukapuka) and rises to moderately steep slopes and coastal cliffs on the island’s eastern side.
The main vegetation type is manuka/kanuka shrubland and extensive kikuyu grasslands are features of northern and southern areas of Urupukapuka. A spectacular pohutukawa forest occupies the coastal fringe and pohutukawa are a highlight of the island's vegetation. There is a significant wetland habitat created in the 1980s as a wildlife habitat with baumea sp. and raupo reed land.
Urupukapuka has significant restoration potential with its range of habitats and current natural regeneration and it is a breeding area for brown teal/pāteke and NZ dotterel.
Grazing occurs on approximately a third of the island in order to maintain open space and vegetation on archaeological sites.
Urupukapuka is the largest of seven islands in the eastern Bay of Islands on Northland's east coast, approx. 230 km north of Auckland.
Access is by boat only.
Tours of the bay run daily, and visitors can purchase a ride to Urupukapuka Island. Water taxis are also available from Paihia and Russell. There may be a regular ferry service during the summer months. Contact the Paihia i-SITE or Russell Bookings and Information Centre.
Know before you go
Camping is only available on Urupukapuka Island. There are three campsites.
- Camp host is on-site from 22 December to 20 January each season.
- No cooking facilities – use liquid or LPG only.
- Mobile coverage is available on Urupukapuka Island.
- During the summer, a rubbish barge may visit Urupukapuka Island.
- Showers available at Cable Bay and Urupukapuka Bay, but not Sunset Bay campsite.