Located in the Auckland region
Dogs are not allowed on island reserves in the Bay of Islands and Hauraki Gulf.
Surrounding the house and extending up the valley are exotic gardens established by Sir George Grey. The gardens make a perfect place to relax with a picnic.
The iconic Mansion House is the former home of Sir George Grey and has an impressive collective of antique furnishings. It’s also a venue for holding weddings or other events.
The island is easily accessed by private boats, with a choice of safe anchorages in and close to Mansion House Bay. Mostly sandy beaches to pull up to. A wharf is available to pick up and collect groups, but not to tie up to.
Water taxis and ferries travel to Kawau Island daily from Sandspit Wharf near Warkworth, about one and a half hour's drive north of Auckland.
Find authorised transport operators to this island.
If you're a commercial boat operator you need a permit to pull up to Mansion House wharf.
Kawau Island was the site of one of New Zealand's earliest mining ventures.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.