Home Bay, Motutapu Island

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Introduction

At 178 million years old pest-free Motutapu is one of the oldest land masses in the Hauraki Gulf. The island has lived an exciting life – it was intensively settled by Maori, it hosted massive Victorian picnic parties, and was a base during WWll.

Highlights

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land - apply to fly recreationally or commercially.

Now, following the world's largest island pest eradication programme, it's a fine place to see native birds including the rare and beautiful tieke.

There are multiple walking tracks. If you're feeling up for an adventure, head across to neighbouring Rangitoto, thanks to the short causeway established during WWll that connects the islands.

No dogs allowed on Hauraki Gulf island reserves

No dogs.

To protect our native species, dogs are not allowed on island conservation reserves in the Hauraki Gulf.

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Place overview

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping
  • Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

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Find things to do and places to stay Motutapu Island

About this place

Getting there

Motutapu is directly behind Rangitoto in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf and joined to it by a causeway.

Access to Motutapu is by public passenger ferry, charter boat, charter boat, private boat, or kayak.

There is a wharf at Home Bay. Rangitoto's Islington Bay Wharf is also near the island's western end.

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.

Private boat

Safe anchorages for private boats include Islington Bay (Rangitoto) and Home Bay on Motutapu.

Kayak

Motutapu is accessible to very experienced kayakers. It takes approximately three hours to kayak to Home Bay from Mission Bay. Several kayak operators offer kayak rentals and guided kayak tours to Motutapu. See the Commercial Operators section.

Know before you go

  • There is no public transport on the island.
  • There are no shops on the island. The Reid Homestead at Home Bay may open at times and has drinks and food available.
  • Take care on the beaches of Motutapu. Do not to disturb nesting birds from September to March.
  • Beware of wasps and sandflies.

Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaws apply. Do not light fires, or remove/disturb plants and artefacts. No bicycles or pets. Take your rubbish with you – there are no rubbish bins.

Some activities require a permit, such as weddings and events.

Contacts

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
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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