Home Bay, Motutapu Island

Image: Matthew Leong | ©


This idyllic campsite right by the beach. Explore the island’s walkways, stunning coastline, replanted native bush and ever-increasing wildlife.


Campsite overview


  • Boat


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
38 non-powered/tent sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Overlooking Home Bay, the campsite is near the Reid Homestead built in 1901. A stroll up through regenerating bush to the Northern Junction (via the Rotary Centennial Loop Track) and you can explore various WWII military remains including the battery which defended Auckland's harbour.

Campsite pods

The Home Bay campsite is divided into different areas called pods.

The following pods are on the seaward side of the road:

  • Salty Sea Dogs (10 tent sites) at the northern end of the campground
  • Nest & Fledgelings (10 tent sites) in the middle of the campground.  

The remaining pods are on the stream side of the road:

  • Night Owls (6 tent sites) near the large pohutukawa tree.
  • Sleepy Hollow (6 tent sites) adjacent to the northern Norski toilet.
  • Early Birds (6 tent sites) at the northern end of the campground.

View map of Home Bay, Motutapu Island Campsite (PDF, 930K)

Campsite rules

  • No fires at any time. Gas cookers may be used.
  • No fireworks at any time.
  • Pack in, pack out. There are no rubbish bins on this island. Take your rubbish with you.

Getting there

Located on the east coast of Motutapu Island, in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands are joined by a causeway. Home Bay Campsite is a 1 hour 30 minutes walk from Islington Bay Wharf, or aa 3 hour walk from Rangitoto Wharf via the walkway or farm road.

Note: The topo map shows a "derelict jetty" at Home Bay. This jetty has been upgraded and is a fully functioning wharf.

Public passenger ferry and private charter

Ferry service is limited. The public passenger ferry operators that travel to this island only maintain a limited service.

If you are chartering a commercial vessel to the island, check the operator has a Pest-Free Warrant. Commercial vessels that use the wharf will also need a wharf landing permit.

Find authorised transport operators to this island.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1772146, N5929032
Latitude: -36.76715738, Longitude: 174.928988


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


DOC/NZMCA campsite passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Bookings are required all year.

Before you book, check transport options for getting to Motutapu.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated/selected on arrival.


Explore historic relics and the stunning coastline via the island's walkways, and enjoy water activities.

Know before you go

  • Water available. Water is treated and filtered but giardia may be present. For your health, boil drinking water for at least 3 minutes.
  • Motutapu campsite does not provide wood barbeques, fireplaces, showers or picnic tables.  
  • No fires at any time. Gas cookers may be used.
  • No fireworks at any time.
  • There is no power supply or light at this campsite. No generators allowed. Bring a torch.
  • Pack in, pack out. There are no rubbish bins on this island. Take your rubbish with you.
  • There is no transport available on the island.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
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