Download the adventure map (PDF, 525K) and check out what you can do.
Know before you go
- 3 km return walk, approximately 1 hour 30 minutes total.
- Mostly easy gravel and dirt walking track.
- No dogs allowed in this reserve.
What to bring
Go and explore
Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.
Kawau Island Historic Reserve can be accessed by a ferry service from Sandspit, 65 km north of central Auckland and 7 km from Matakana and Warkworth.
Bookings are essential. The ‘Royal Mail Run Cruise’ leaves at 10:30 am and offers the opportunity to learn more about the island and see the different bays of Kawau.
Claim your reward
Tell us the Kawau Island code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.
Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.
Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.
More about Kawau Island Historic Reserve
Print or download this brochure for useful information about the island and reserve