Mansion House on Kawau Island Reserve

Image: DOC


This unique island paradise is packed with fun for the whole family! Take in the amazing views, enjoy a stroll through the forest, relax on the beach, try to spot a wallaby, explore the historic Mansion House or enjoy a break at the café.


  • You’ll feel a world away from Auckland on Kawau Island. It’s the perfect day trip or an easy getaway if you're north of Auckland on holiday.
  • Set your imagination alight as you step back 150 years into the life of Sir George Grey’s Mansion House.
  • Keep your eyes peeled – Grey bought all sorts of weird and wonderful animals here such as the kiwi-lookalike weka, exotic peacocks and even wallabies from Australia. 

Get ready

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

DOC short walk gear list

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.

Getting there:

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.

Check the Kawau Island website for ticket and timetable information.

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

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