Visiting the island

This wonderful island, 30 minutes ferry trip from downtown Auckland, has some of the best sandy beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Clear waters, sheltered anchorages, and visitor facilities make it a popular destination for day visits and camping holidays. Walks around the island’s coast, where rocky platforms alternate with sandy beaches, or across its rolling pastured land, give visitors a chance to explore the island, enjoy wide views of the Hauraki Gulf and nearby islands, and visit relics of the island’s varied history. You can walk around most of the island's coastline at low tide, and there are plenty of fascinating rock pools to explore. Make sure you check the tides before you leave. The easiest route is to walk the south coast first.

After disembarking the ferry, follow the track to the narrow isthmus where the public amenities block is situated.
Motuihe Island Restoration Guided Walks are available on every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of each calender month – see home for details and latest updates.
Cost $5.00pp or $20 per family + ferry tickets
Departing downtown Auckland. Please bring your lunch, water and sturdy footwear. Outdoor guided bush walk on tracks (approx 2.5hours). Reasonable walking fitness required. Please pack an additional plastic bag for your rubbish which you must take with you.


The island can be reached by any of these means

1. Fullers (Click here for timetables)

2. Private boats

4. Red Boats 0800 REDBOATS

3. Kayaks


Drink and snacks can be purchased on board the ferry. The Trust operates a kiosk through out the year - serving coffee, tea, water and ice cream.

What to Bring:

Please remember to bring suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day – swimwear, towel, sunblock, hat, suitable flat footwear, raincoat, camera and binoculars.

Care Required:

When walking the grass tracks, please take care due to uneven ground. Planted areas were used as a dry stock farm as late as 2005.


There is no rubbish collection on the island. Please take your rubbish home with you.