Motutapu Island
Motutapu Island
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Sharon H
Auckland, New Zealand49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf is one of the must-see's of Auckland. It is a stunning pastoral island in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf offering beautiful beaches, magnificent rolling hills and farmland, and a vast range of scenic walks for trampers.

You have two ways of arriving on Motutapu. Seasoned trampers (not suitable for young children) will enjoy the challenge of the 3 hour walk from Rangitoto across a causeway onto Motutapu. It's an incredible tramp with a sudden scenery change - from the black volcanic rock of Rangitoto to the lush rolling farmland and wetland of Motutapu. Make sure you take plenty of water and some food to keep you going on your walk.

Alternatively, get the ferry directly to Home Bay on Motutapu and enjoy the Department of Conservation campground there as a base for enjoying some of the walks on the North and Easterly side of the Island. This is a better route if you are including children in your walking party.

The campground has toilets and fresh water.
Written March 3, 2013
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Debra C
Waitakere City, New Zealand71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
We hiked up to the top of Rangitoto and then trekked over to Home Bay on Motutapu Island ... it was a stunning weekend and would recommend it to anyone that likes a bit of a hike .. if you dont want to hike back the you can organise and get the water taxi back to the city
Written April 5, 2013
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cookieabroad
Auckland Central, New Zealand137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Great ferry ride across the harbour and walk around the island in the fresh air makes for an enjoyable light adventure.
Written May 17, 2016
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Harsha Prakash
Auckland Central, New Zealand34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
it was a really long walk for us to reach waikarapupu bay from the home bay, it was the only option to get down from the ferry service providers. but we really enjoyed it. there is some hidden history of world war, in this island. you have to carry food, water and even a rubbish bag as there is no public services in this island. there is also camping option but have to do a booking and should be well prepared.
Written October 20, 2015
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Kiwi1963
Wollongong, Australia269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
The camping area is at Home Bay. You can book online but even at peak times you would most likely find a spot. Cost is approximately $5 each per night. You can also pay in to an honesty box on the Island, near amenities.

We arrived in our own boat but observed the Fullers' ferry from Auckland coming in to the jetty twice per day.

The camp area is primitive, just a grassy area with a couple of trees and the most spectacular view looking out to Waiheke Island.

There is no power, no showers! But there is a small amenties block with flush toilets. Fresh water is available but must be boiled first before drinking.

We did not do any of the hikes because it was too hot and we were too busy marvelling at the view! The beach is mainly pebbles one end with some sand at the other end. The water is beautiful for swimming and the bay is fine for anchoring your boat, weather permitting of course.

There are no rubbish bins. You must take out what you take in!

There are no cooking facilities.

I don't want to rate this place highly in case too many people find it!
Written January 6, 2015
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A beautiful is and with stunning views. Several walks available. Some gorgeous bays to relax and swim in. Relatively quiet, even on a busy summer’s day.
Written January 8, 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A beautiful island with a range of walks (allow plenty of time if you want to do any of the walks). We were very lucky to see two Takahe (native NZ bird).
Written August 22, 2023
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Sandra Latzel
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We had a lovely time on the island thanks to the camp's operations manager. Can highly recommend a trip over to the island,which is super close to Auckland.
Written January 2, 2021
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Michelle F
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
We were escorted around the island by motutapu staff, showing us how the island has restored. The nursery where seedlings are raised, which are then planted around the island, mostly done by volunteers. The outdoor education centre, catering for various groups, especially schools. The fantastic views and just the history of the island. Well worth the short ferry ride from downtown Auckland
Written March 3, 2018
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dougcoAuckland
Auckland, New Zealand313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
picture a leisurely cruise out to an (almost) deserted island only minutes away from the CBD. a healthy walk over the island past defensive fortifications and Maori sites brings you to a fantastic beach with lots of fish to look at and views over to the North Shore
Written March 15, 2017
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