Sunrise at Home Bay, Motutapu Island

Image: Matthew Leong | ©


Find out more about holding a wedding or event on Motutapu.


Motutapu has hosted weddings, corporate and club team-building, picnics and large family outings.

A permit is required for these organised group activities, and this ensures that you won’t be faced with a competing large group on the same day.


You can camp on Motutapu at the Home Bay campground.

Accommodation is also available at the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp at Administration Bay. The camp primarily caters for educational groups, but has a range of accommodation available for private groups. More about Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp accommodation.

Permit and fees

You will need a permit for your event or wedding.

These are standard charges for holding weddings and other events within the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.

  • Permit application fee: $100 + GST ($115 GST incl)
  • Site fee: $150 + GST ($172.50 GST incl)
  • Site fee if you intend to set up a marquee: $300 + GST ($345 GST incl), marquee not included

There may also be additional costs for specific sites, and if you need DOC staff assistance to set up your event.

Note: DOC does not hire out marquees. You will need to organise your own marquee and transport it to the island. Contact us for DOC approved suppliers and transport providers.


Contact to check date availability and for other inquiries.

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