Home Bay, Motutapu Island
Located in the Auckland region
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.
During its varied past Motutapu has been intensively settled and cultivated by Maori, hosted Victoria picnic parties of over 10,000 people, and at times during WWII was a base for more than 1,000 military personnel.
Remnants of this varied history can still be seen including sites of kainga (villages), pa (earthwork fortifications), kumara storage pits, former gardens, and middens (food refuge deposits). You can also visit the Reid Homestead, one of the last of the early farmhouses on the island and now a Visitors Centre, and explore WWII sites.
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.
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.
Safe anchorages for private boats include Islington Bay (Rangitoto) and Home Bay on Motutapu.
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.
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