Lagoon on Motuarohia Island Recreation Reserve



The island has a significant Māori history and offers a range of recreation activities, including a track to a stunning pa site, and an educational underwater trail for snorkelers.

Find things to do and places to stay Motuarohia Island Recreation Reserve

There is good beach access to the centre of the island and a DOC walking track to a prominent pā site caters for large number of day visitors. In the summer months interpretation is installed in the lagoon for an underwater snorkel trail.

The island is within Te Pewhairangi (Bay of Islands) Marine Mammal Sanctuary. There are restrictions for activities such as swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Restrictions for swimming, diving and snorkelling around marine mammals.

It's also next to a marine mammal safe zone, which is in the channel between Motuarohia and Moturua Island. This area has specific restrictions for vessel.

Map and restrictions while within the marine mammal safe zone.



Stop kauri disease and protect kauri

  • Scrub all soil off shoes and gear.
  • Use cleaning stations.
  • Always stay on the track.

How you can help save kauri

Check you are pest-free

Check, clean, and seal your gear to ensure you don't bring pests, soil, and seeds.

See island biosecurity requirements.


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