Papatara Bay, Motukawanui Island

Image: Justine Sanderson

Introduction

Enjoy outstanding views of Mahinepua Peninsula, Matauri Bay and other forested islands of the Cavalli group from this walk along the ridge tops.

Track overview

3.5 km one way

Walking and tramping

1 hr 50 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

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About this track

Description

From Wai-Iti Bay in the southwest of the island, the Motukawanui Island track rises to the main ridge, and then takes you along to the trig on the highpoint.

The track follows the ridge tops and provides outstanding views of Mahinepua Peninsula, Matauri Bay and other forested islands of the Cavalli group.

Getting there

The Cavalli Islands are located off Northland’s east Coast about 3 km northeast of Matauri Bay. Motukawanui can be accessed by boat. In good weather, you can also reach the island by kayak.

The Motukawanui Island track can be accessed from Wai-iti or Papatara bays on the southern coast or from the northern-most end of the Motukawanui Island.

Know before you go

  • No dogs or fires due to risks to wildlife.
  • Camping is not permitted due to the risk of fire and threat to the kiwi population and other wildlife on the island.

Contacts

Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2 South End Ave
Raumanga
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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