Motuihe Island tracks
Located in Motuihe Island in the Auckland region
IntroductionEnjoy our rarest birds, ancient native trees and unique limestone formations in this selection of easy walks.
1 to 6.5 km return via same track
Motuihe Island tracks provide access to a range of diverse and interesting bush, beaches, and sights. It is always possible to find a beach for a picnic, sheltered from any direction of wind.
Tracks are an easy gradient, and walking times assume a leisurely pace with stops. They have mown grass except for the bush part of the Tieke track, which is formed and metalled.
Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hrs
Distance: 5 km return to the wharf
Tieke Track is in the middle of the island. It is accessed from the wharf and beaches around the island via marked tracks. Many native birds can be seen and heard on this walk.
The walk passes under ancient native trees, which are home to a wide variety of birds including the rare saddleback/tieke. There is a seat overlooking Wharf Bay along the way, where you can view a geologically significant pancake limestone formation.
The track emerges from the bush near the ridgeline. You can then head south to Nga Taikorapa, or north towards the wharf or other beaches.
Eastern Beaches Track
Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hrs
Distance: 5.5 km return to the wharf
This loop walk is an easy gradient on a grass track with outstanding views of the Hauraki Gulf, beaches and regenerating bush.
There are some marked tracks that link to this walk. These provide quick access routes to other destinations. It offers access to Ocean Beach, Snapper Bay, Calypso Bay and views over Ohinerau Bay.
Bald Knob Track
Time: 2 to 3 hrs
Distance: 6.5 km return to the wharf
The Bald Knob Track takes visitors to the southern end of the island. It travels through regenerating bush and pasture and ends at a secluded sandy beach.
The track follows the ridgeline, which offers panoramic views of Hauraki Gulf. Then as you progress, you can enjoy more views looking over Wharf Bay to Rangitoto.
Headland Heritage Walk
Time: 20 - 45 min
Distance: 1 km return
Headland Heritage Walk starts at a sealed road at the tree lined slope past the toilets by the campsite. This path heads towards the cemetery, which is at the most northern point of the island.
The road passes historic olives planted in the 1860s and takes in panoramic views of the Waitemata Harbour Hauraki Gulf Islands. The walk ends at the historic 1918 Spanish Flu graveyard.
Several operators offer boat transfer to and from Motuihe Wharf at set times. Arrive for collection promptly when leaving the island, as alternative arrangements may not be available.
There is a good boat anchorage adjacent to the Motuihe campsite for those arriving by boat. This is located on the North-western headland of Motuihe Island/Te Motu-a-Ihenga.
There is a total fire ban in this area. However, you may use gas-fuelled cooking equipment.
- Beware of cliff edges. Supervise children at all times while on the track.
- Historic structures may be unstable. Stay well clear.
- Be aware of ferry departure times - alternative transport or accomodation may not be available.
No dogs are allowed on the island. This includes no dogs on the shore or foreshore.
- Toilets are near the track to the wharf.
- There is nowhere to dispose of rubbish - take all your rubbish with you.
Overnight camping is allowed in designated areas only.
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