This track goes right around Moturua Island. You can join the track at any of the main beaches and walk through open grassy areas and along cool shady stretches beneath the regenerating coastal forest trees.

Track overview

4.6 km loop

Walking and tramping

2.5 hr 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

  • 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.


About this track


Crossing ridges, the track descends to four, very different beaches, ranging from soft sand to pebble and stone.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 4,667 steps.

Getting there

Moturua Island Scenic Reserve is in the central Bay of Islands and can only be reached by sea.. You can catch a water taxi, paddle a kayak, ride a jet-ski or take your own boat out to Moturua.

Commercial transport details are available:

The island's four main bays, Otupoho, Waipao, Mangahawea and Waiwhapuku all offer safe anchorage for visiting vessels and the island's track can be reached from any one of these bays.

Know before you go

  • No dogs due to risks to wildlife.
  • No camping.
  • Fires by permit only.
  • Remain on the track at all times – there are cliffs and steep bluffs on the island.


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
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