Camping at Motuora

Image: DOC


An island sanctuary for native flora and fauna, the camp is near a Māori historic site and early European settlement.


10 July 2020: Booking with Apple iPhone or iPad 

Due to a technical issue, you can't currently make a booking with an Apple iPhone or iPad. We are working on this. In the meantime, please use a desktop or laptop instead of these devices.

Campsite overview


  • Boat


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

  • Capacity per campsite - 6 people
  • Total campground capacity - 75 people

Getting there

On the west coast of Motuora Island, 6 km east of Mahurangi Harbour.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1760284, N5958505 
Latitude: -36.5048, Longitude: 174.7896


  • 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.

Book Motuora (Island) Campsite online.

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.


  • An island sanctuary for native flora and fauna.
  • Nearby Māori historic site and early European settlement.
  • Watch for kiwi, whitehead, grey faced petrel and NZ dotterel.
  • Walking, all water sports and bird watching.

Know before you go

  • No fires.
  • Boil water for at least 3 minutes before use.

Biosecurity requirements

All visitors staying on the island must complete and bring the biosecurity checklist.


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