This important island refuge can only be visited by DOC staff, iwi, and researchers.


Motuopao (also Motuopau or Motu Opou) Island is 200 m off the tip of Cape Maria Van Diemen in the Far North.

Motuopao is strictly a ‘no landing zone’. The only visitors are DOC staff, iwi, and researchers.

The public cannot visit Motuopao Island Nature Reserve.

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 cleaning station when you enter and leave.
  • Always stay on the track.

How you can help save kauri


Te Hiku / Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Fax:   +64 9 408 6019
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
Postal Address:   PO Box 569
Kaitaia 0441
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