Motuihe (Island) campsite

Alert/Important notice

Motuihe Wharf damaged

Updated 2 February 2015: Due to storm damage, the southern (Wharf Bay) side of the Motuihe wharf is closed. Take care when disembarking your vessel. Repair work is currently being carried out.

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Toilets Toilets


  • Adult (18+ years): $6 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $3 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


Bookings are essential.

Book Motuihe (Island) campsite online, or contact:

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Full office details

Before you book:

Campsite details

  • Number of tent sites: 48 (maximum of 192 people).

Camp only minutes from clear sheltered beaches and easily explore the entire island by foot. There is a good boat anchorage adjacent to the Motuihe campsite.

Aerial view of the northern headland on Motuihe.
Aerial view of the northern headland on

Note that there is now a Norski toilet at the end of the road on Puriri Ridge.

Campsite zones

The Motuihe campsite is divided into five different zones.

  • Confidence Course: 5 tent sites on the western side of the sealed road, 25 m uphill from the toilet block. 
  • Parade Ground: 25 tent sites on the headland above wharf road. Follow the timber box steps 100 m west of the toilet block. 
  • Captain's Camping: 8 tent sites located at the end of the sealed road, uphill and to the left (325 m).
  • Puriri Ridge: 5 tent sites south of the sealed road amongst the puriri trees. Go uphill and around to the left (250 m).  
  • Range: 5 tent sites south of the water tank tower. Go left off the sealed road (375 m).

View a map of campsite zones (PDF, 1,828K)


North-western headland of Motuihe (Island), Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Getting there

Motuhie Island.
Motuihe Island

Boat access only.

See the pest-free warranted operators for available transport options to this island.

There is no public ferry service to Motuihe Island. (Fullers ferries transport volunteers to the island in conjunction with the Motuihe Trust's volunteer days.)


Motuihe is also accessible by experienced kayakers. It takes approximately two and a half hours to kayak to Wharf Bay. Kayaks can be rented from Fergs Kayaks, phone +64 9 529 2230.   

Directions to campground

The campground is to the left of the road coming off the Motuihe wharf, up the path to the right of the toilet block, only a few minutes walk from Motuihe wharf. There is no transport available on the island to transport camping equipment.

Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1772695-N5925165 
Latitude: -36.80361291, Longitude: 174.93584276


  • No fires. No fireworks. Gas cookers may be used.
  • Bring a torchthere is no power supply or light at this campsite. No generators.
  • Water availablethis campsite has a spring-fed rural water supply. Giardia may be present. For your health, boil drinking water for at least 3 minutes.
  • Pack in, pack out. There is no rubbish removal service on this island - please take your rubbish with you.

Help keep Motuihe pest-free

Motuihe is free of animal pests and the native wildlife present on the island is dependent on your help to keep it that way. There is a very real risk that rats, mice and other pests could be transported to the island in your belongings. You can help protect Motuihe by:

  • Checking your boat or kayak and gear for rodent or insect stowaways before you leave the mainland.
  • Cleaning your footwear, clothing and gear and checking for seeds - weeds are a problem on the island.
  • Packing luggage and food you are bringing to the island in rodent proof containers - no open containers or plastic bags please.
  • Keeping an eye out for pests when unpacking your gear on the island.
  • Leaving your dog and other domestic pets at home - there are native species on the island, including kiwi, that are at risk from these animals.
  • If you see any animal pests on the island contact the island ranger immediately or ring the DOC hotline: 0800 DOC HOT.
  • Find out more about camping on pest free islands.

Plan and prepare

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.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.

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Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Full office details

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