Motuihe (Island) campsite
Motuihe Wharf damaged
Updated 1 April 2014: Following recent storm events Motuihe Wharf has been damaged. The southern (Wharf Bay) side of the wharf has been closed. Please take care when disembarking your vessel. Future storm events may close Motuihe Wharf to all public landings at short notice.
Water from tap
- Adult (18+ years): $6 per night
- Child (5 - 17 years): $3 per night
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
- Number of tent sites: 49 (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
Note that there is now a Norski toilet at the end of the road on Puriri Ridge.
Campsite pod descriptions
The Motuihe campsite is divided into five different areas, or 'pods':
- Confidence Site (3 tent sites), on the western side of the sealed road, 25m uphill from the toilet block.
- Parade Ground (28 tent sites), on the headland above wharf road. Follow the timber box steps 100m west of the toilet block.
- Captain Camping (8 tent sites), located at the end of the sealed road, uphill and to the left (325m).
- Puriri Ridge (5 tent sites), south of the sealed road amongst the puriri trees. Go uphill and around to the left (250m).
- Range Site (5 tent sites), south of the water tank tower. Go left off the sealed road (375m).
North-western headland of Motuihe (Island), Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
Boat access only.
Ferry and water taxis
A number of private ferry operators run trips to Motuihe including:
- Fullers and 360 Discovery operate ferry services to Motuihe:
- Fullers - Visit their website or phone +64 9 67 9111.
- 360 Discovery - Visit their website or 0800 360 3472.
- Abalone Cruises operates on demand for large group bookings - Visit their website or phone 0800 RED BOATS / +64 9 579 9574.
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. Visit their website or 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 torch–there is no power supply or light at this campsite. No generators.
- Water available–this 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.
Bird and wildlife watching
Diving and snorkelling
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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