Motukawanui Island off the coast of Northland is free from possums, mustelids and cats, and home to a flourishing population of native birds. There are opportunities for snorkelling and swimming and you can stay overnight in a hut.

Take an easy hour-long walk to the northern end of the island where the breath taking views of a pristine sandy beach invite you to swim and enjoy a crowd-free slice of paradise.

Find things to do and places to stay Motukawanui Island Scenic Reserve

See a variety of native bird species, including blue penguin, reef heron, and endangered New Zealand dotterel. North Island brown kiwi breed on the island, and fur seals are beginning to return.

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.


DOC Customer Service Centre
Phone 0800 275 362
Email bayofislands@doc.govt.nz
Address DOC offices
DOC Customer Service Centre
Phone 0800 275 362
Email whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address DOC offices
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