Kawau Island lies north of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf.
Visitors to Kawau Island have a wide range of activities to enjoy. Explore the historic reserve using the network of tracks or visit Mansion House and its exotic gardens, established by one of New Zealand’s most influential and controversial political figures, Sir George Grey. The island was also the site of one of New Zealand’s earliest mining ventures.
The guidelines and information sheets in this resource will help you to get the most out of your trip to Kawau Island Historic Reserve and Mansion House. Use them to help plan your trip to the island, for students' pre-trip research and to prepare activity sheets.
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- The Mansion House story (PDF, 230K)
- Sir George Grey 1812-1898 (PDF, 228K)
- Kawau Island flora (PDF, 327K)
- Visiting Kawau Island and Mansion House
About the resource
The guidelines and information sheets will help you to get the most out of your trip to Kawau Island Historic Reserve and Mansion House. Use them to help plan your trip to the island, for students' pre-trip research and to prepare activity sheets.
- Social sciences
- Understand how early British migrations to New Zealand have continuing significance for tangata whenua and communities
- Understand how people view and use places differently
- Students will research the origins and history of Mansion House and its occupants
Links to curriculum
- Social sciences: Continuity and change/Senior History
- Offshore islands
- Historic places
Phone: +64 9 422 8882
Mansion House, Private Bag 910
Kawau Island, Warkworth.
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