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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.

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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

  • Book with the Trust by emailing [email protected] to ensure we are aware you are coming DO THIS BEFORE BOOKING WITH FULLERS.
  • Also book with Fullers by phoning 3679111 to reserve a tree planters ticket. You can either pay at the time of booking or get a reservation number and pay at the ticket office on Sunday morning. If you do not book and have a reservation number you may not get a seat on the ferry.
  • Fullers ferry leaves pier 4 at 9.15 am
  • Meet one of our volunteers at pier 1 ticket office before 9 am to receive the volunteer card to get the discounted fare of $25.60.
    The ferry leaves Motuihe:
        4.30pm November to April
        For the rest of the year 3.30 pm
  • Fullers also stops at Devonport

2019    SUNDAY TRIPS

9 June Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30
23 June Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30 FULL
7 July Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30
21 July Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30 FULL
4 August Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30
18 August Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30
1 September Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30
15 September Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30
29 September Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30
13 October Sunday public volunteer day depart Downtown pier 4 at 9.15 and Motuihe 3.30
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 
Bookings through Simon Sheen at [email protected] 
Individuals and groups welcome.
Wednesday 29th May
Wednesday 12th June
Thursday 20th June
Friday 28th June FULL
Wednesday 10th July
Friday 19th July
Wednesday 31 July

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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

    See dates for our volunteer days on the first page of this website. 

    Fullers Ferry departs Pier 4 at 9.15am and Motuihe Island at 4.30 pm Jan to March and after Labour weekend to the end of the year. During the winter 3.30 pm. 

    Ferry tickets: $25.20 (volunteers). $35 (non volunteers) from the Fullers' ticket office at pier 1.

    Children $12.60

    You need to register with the Motuihe Trust by emailing [email protected]. Also, you need to book your planters seat on the ferry by phoning Fullers on 3679111. You can pay for the ticket then or get a booking number and pay for it at the ticket office on pier one on Sunday morning. 

    Volunteers need a discount card, available from a Motuihe representative standing near Pier 1 Ticket office from 8.45am on the day

    Cancellations: Subject to weather - please ring 08006688443 after 7 am on the day to check for cancellations

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    Mid week volunteer days

    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

    The following days are available for mid week corporate trips:

    Tuesday 2 April
    Thursday 11 April
    Friday 12 April
    Monday 15 April
    Wednesday 17 April FULL
    Friday 3 May

    Generally these trips leave from pier Z Westhaven at 9 am using The Red Boats and return to Westhaven by 5 pm. The cost is $25 pp.  However the departure time may vary. Keep a watch on The Red Boats website or contact Simon on the email above. 

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    Plan your visit

    Bookings for mid week trips and Sunday volunteer days are essential. Email [email protected]
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    or Sunday trips it is also essential to book a planters ticket with Fullers by phoning 3679111. Either pay then or get a booking number and pay at the ticket office on Sunday morning. The first priority for seats on the ferry is those with prepaid tickets, second priority is those with booking numbers and third priority is for those who go to the ticket office without any booking. 

    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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