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Motuihe Island has beautiful native plants, birds and lizards, significant historic sites and fantastic recreation opportunities.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the island freely and enjoy the white sandy beaches.

Experience an island which has been transformed from farmland to a home for kiwis, tuatara, geckos and other rare and endangered birds.

Planting and Nursery - Upcoming Volunteer Days

1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of each month

  • 7 June 
  • 21 June
  • 5 July
  • 19 July

2nd, 4th Wednesday of each month

  • 11 June 
  • 25 June 
  • 8 July
  • 22nd July

Visit Motuihe Island

Help restore one of the best conservation islands in Hauraki Gulf

Individuals and groups welcome

We welcome all ages and all abilities. Plant one or 50 native trees. No experience required. 

Visitors and day trippers welcome


Activities include:

  • Tree planting
  • Nursery activities
  • Seed collection
  • General conservation maintenance and activities



Sunday volunteer days

1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of each month

Fullers Ferry departs Pier 2 at 9.15am and Motuihe Island at 3.30pm

Ferry tickets: $20 return till 1st July or $21.50 after 1st July (volunteers). $28 (non volunteers) from the Fullers' ticket office

Volunteers need a discount card, available from a Motuihe representative standing near Pier 2 Ticket office from 8.45am on the day

Cancellations: Subject to weather - please ring 0800668844 after 7.30am on the day to check for cancellations

Wednesday volunteer days

Wednesdays - 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

The Red Boats Ferry departs Pier 3 at 9.00am and departs Motuihe Island at 3.30pm

Tickets: Pay on the ferry, $25 return.

Cancellations - subject to sufficient numbers and weather. Booked passengers will receive an email at 5pm on Monday.




Plan your visit

Bookings for Wednesday and Sunday volunteer days are essential. Email

Motuihe is a dog-free and pest-free island. Help keep it that way by checking your bags for stowaways. 

Motuihe Island Restoration Trust offers a BBQ with sausages, bread and tea/coffee at the plant nursery at 1.00pm on volunteer days.

The BBQ is free for volunteers and $5 for non-volunteers. 

Please bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks

BBQ available for use by groups. More substantial meals can be provided by arrangement.




Visit by Water Taxi

Auckland Water Taxi

Departs from the Viaduct Harbour, Westhaven, Devonport.
Bookings essential - 0800 890 007


Auckland Sea Shuttle

Departs Okahu Bay 
Daily service, weekends and public holidays
Bookings essential - 0508 SEA SHUTTLE (0508732748)

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Visitor facilities

Visitors are welcome any time.

Motuihe Island offers sheltered moorings, toilets, camping and a summer kiosk selling ice creams and offering guided tours. There are walking tracks around the island, with opportunities to see endangered birds. Dogs are not permitted on Motuihe Island at any time because the island is home to Kiwi and other ground-dwelling birds.



A camping ground is available. Please visit the Department of Conservation website for more booking information and costs.



News Flash

Pacific gecko return to Hauraki Gulf’s Motuihe Island

Pacific gecko return to Hauraki Gulf’s Motuihe Island