Home Bay, Motutapu Island

Image: Matthew Leong | ©

Introduction

This idyllic campsite right by the beach. Explore the island’s walkways, stunning coastline, replanted native bush and ever-increasing wildlife.

Highlights


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Campsite overview

Access

  • Boat

Category

  • Category
Standard

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets
  • Water from tap
38 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs
  • Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

About this campsite

Overlooking Home Bay, the campsite is near the Reid Homestead built in 1901. A stroll up through regenerating bush to the Northern Junction (via the Rotary Centennial Loop Track) and you can explore various WWII military remains including the battery which defended Auckland's harbour.

Campsite pods

The Home Bay campsite is divided into different areas called pods.

The following pods are on the seaward side of the road:

  • Salty Sea Dogs (10 tent sites) at the northern end of the campground
  • Nest & Fledgings (10 tent sites) in the middle of the campground.  

The remaining pods are on the stream side of the road:

  • Night Owls (6 tent sites) near the large pohutukawa tree.
  • Sleepy Hollow (6 tent sites) adjacent to the northern Norski toilet.
  • Early Birds (6 tent sites) at the northern end of the campground.

Map of campsites.
View larger map (PDF, 930K)

Getting there

Located on the east coast of Motutapu Island, in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands are joined by a causeway. Home Bay Campsite is a 1 hour 30 minutes walk from Islington Bay Wharf, or aa 3 hour walk from Rangitoto Wharf via the walkway or farm road.

Note: The topo map shows a "derelict jetty" at Home Bay. This jetty has been upgraded and is a fully functioning wharf.

Public passenger ferry and private charter

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.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1772146, N5929032
Latitude: -36.76715738, Longitude: 174.928988

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Passes

The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

NZMCA / DOC campsite pass cannot be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Bookings

Bookings are essential.

  • Bookings should preferably be completed online. Phone and email bookings incur a service fee.
  • Changes and additions to bookings will incur a fee up to $10 per alteration.

Book Home Bay, Motutapu Island campsite online, or contact:

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
 

Before you book:

Activities

Explore historic relics and the stunning coastline via the island's walkways, and enjoy water activities.

Know before you go

  • Motutapu campsite does not provide wood barbeques, fireplaces, showers or picnic tables.  
  • No fires at any time. Gas cookers may be used.
  • No fireworks at any time.
  • There is no power supply or light at this campsite. No generators allowed. Bring a torch.
  • Water available. Water is treated and filtered but giardia may be present. For your health, boil drinking water for at least 3 minutes.
  • Pack in, pack out. There are no rubbish bins on this island. Take your rubbish with you.
  • There is no transport available on the island..

Contacts

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
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