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Motuihe Island

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

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

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

Latest News 

THE MOTUIHE WHARF HAS BEEN CLOSED BY THE DoC ON 30 AUGUST 2019.

NO FERRIES ARE ABLE TO BERTH AT MOTUIHE SO ALL VOLUNTEER TRIPS ARE CANCELLED.

Help Keep our Islands Pest Free

  • Check your bag and gear for pests before boarding vessel in Auckland 
  • No open bags. No loose items. 
  • Thoroughly clean your shoes before island arrival.

https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/auckland/ti-hauraki-gulf-pest-free-poster.pdf

Restoration Progress Photos 2019

Below is a link to images taken from 40 GPS sites on Motuihe Island from 2007.  These 40 sites are used for monitoring the changes taking place with bird calls, gecko and/or skink populations and native vegetation growth.  The island is now an amazing home with increasing bird life and birdsong.  These images show the wonderful growth of the trees. 

http://kakariki.co.uk/blogs/MotuiheInPlace/MotuiheMonitoringTable.html

 Survivors of 'The Rock' Reunion

A reunion is to be held in Auckland 14-16 February 2020 for all those who served in HMNZS Tamaki on Motuihe Island (The Rock). This will be a one-off reunion to bring together those who experienced a unique time in their lives and the history of the RNZN. To have completed your training on that island was a triumph in itself and an experience that will never be forgotten.

The reunion will be open to anyone who served on The Rock, either as a trainee or a member of the Ship’s Company. Wives, partners or sweethearts will be welcome to attend.  Click link for more information and registration: https://therockreunion.org/

    Upcoming Volunteer Days

    2019    SUNDAY TRIPS

    30 August 2019 Important Notice:

    It is with regret that we advise Motuihe wharf has been fully closed by the Department of Conservation with immediate effect.  Regrettably there will be no Sunday and midweek volunteer trips until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  We will update this notice as more information becomes available.

    • Please register with Motuihe Trust by emailing [email protected]. for catering and operational requirements.
    • Please DO THIS BEFORE BOOKING THROUGH THIS MOTUIHE FERRY BOOKING SITE LINK
    • Please note there will be no stop at Devonport
    • Bookings are required via this Motuihe Ferry booking site only
    • Cash, cheques are not accepted
    • Vessel to depart Pier Z, Westhaven Marina at 9.15am and Motuihe 3.30pm
    • For more information on this service including Z Pier location and parking, please click Sunday Volunteering link
    •  Pricing:
      • $30 per adult
      • $20 per Gold Card holder and studen

    *15 September Sunday - No planned trip
    *29 September Sunday public volunteer day  CANCELLED
    *13 October Sunday public volunteer day   CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    *20 October Sunday public volunteer day  CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

    Transport for the following dates will be advised closer to the time due to partial wharf closure.

    3 November Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 4.30
    17 November Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 4.30
    1 December Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 4.30
    15 December Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 4.40

    Mid Week trips 
    • All midweek bookings need to be registered with Simon Sheen at [email protected]
    • Midweek transport will be with Red Boats at Z Pier unless otherwise advised
    • After confirmation received from Simon, please use this Motuihe Ferry Booking link for midweek trips.  Cash, cheques are not accepted. 
    • Individuals and groups welcome. 

    Friday 13 September CANCELLED
    Wednesday 25 September (Depart Midday Z Pier) CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    Thursday 3 October CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    Friday 11 October CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    THE FOLLOWING TRIPS DEPEND ON WHETHER THE WHARF IS REOPENED. 
    Wednesday 23 October
    Wednesday 6 November
    Friday 15 November
    Friday 29 November
    Wednesday 4 December
    Friday 13 December
    Wednesday 18 December

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      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
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      Sunday volunteer days

      The Sunday volunteer dates are available on the front page of the website.  For more information on Sunday volunteer days please click this link

      It is with regret that we advise Motuihe wharf has been fully closed by the Department of Conservation with immediate effect.  Regrettably there will be no Sunday and midweek volunteer trips until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  We will update this notice as more information becomes available.

      Please note there will be no stop at Devonport.  Bookings are required via the Motuihe Ferry booking site

      Vessel to depart Pier Z, Westhaven Marina at 9.15am and Motuihe 3.30pm

      You need to register with the Motuihe Trust by emailing [email protected]. for catering and operational requirements.

      Also, you need to book your seat via this Motuihe ferry booking link

      Cancellations: Subject to weather - please ring 0800668844 after 7 am on the day to check for cancellations

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      Mid week volunteer days

      It is with regret that we advise Motuihe wharf has been fully closed by the Department of Conservation with immediate effect.  Regrettably there will be no Sunday and midweek volunteer trips until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  We will update this notice as more information becomes available.

      Motuihe Restoration Trust welcomes mid week corporate and school groups by arrangement.

      Email  Fiona Alexander at [email protected] for school groups

      Email Simon Sheen  at [email protected] for corporate groups and individuals

      Please refer to the Home page for midweek trip dates and liaise direct with [email protected].  Booking payments are made through the Motuihe Ferry booking link after confirmation received from Simon Sheen.

      Generally these trips leave from pier Z Westhaven at 8.30am using The Red Boats and return to Westhaven by 5pm. The cost is $30 pp.  The departure time may vary. Keep a watch on The Red Boats website or contact Simon on the email above. 

      For more information on midweek volunteering, please click this link.

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      Plan your visit

      Bookings for mid week trips and Sunday volunteer days are essential. Email [email protected]
      For further information on Sunday volunteer trips click - link

      For further information on midweek trips click - link

      Motuihe is a dog-free and pest-free island.www.treasureislands.co.nz Help keep it that way by checking your bags for stowaways. Also make sure your shoes are clean. 

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

      Transport options

      Red Boats
      [email protected]
      0800redboats


      Fullers ferries
      3679111 (ticket office)


      Sea Shuttles Water Taxi
      This service is combined with Motutapu and Rakino islands Friday night 5pm, Saturday morning 9am and returning Sunday evening at 5pm.
      Minimum number of 6passengers  per trip and they have the option of topping up a little to make the trip run.
      Their boat is parked on the plastic jetty in front of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club at Okahu Bay which is on Tamaki Drive, the next bay around from Mission Bay going towards the city. There is free parking behind the yacht club in the white spaces (as opposed to the yellow spaces).

      Price to Motuihe is $25.00 per person one way or $45.00 return. They also offer a private charter for $175.00 each way for 8 to 10 passengers depending on amount of gear.
      Phone 021 779 371 for enquiries and bookings.

      Hauraki Express Water Taxi

      http://haurakiexpress.co.nz $40 one way and $70 return. Minimum of 5 people.

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

      Visitor facilities

      Motuihe Island offers sheltered moorings, toilets, camping and a summer kiosk selling ice creams and offering guided tours.

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      Camping

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

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