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Motuihe Island

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

Experience

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  

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

Bush, Birds & Beach - Summer 2018-2019

Hot off the Press!!!

Redboats Ferry departs Auckland Pier Z at 9.30am daily and departs Motuihe wharf at 3.30pm 26 December to 20 January and Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi weekends.

See Ferry details, and booking is essential. www.motuiheferry.co.nz 

Bush, Birds & Beach Information sheet 

Island Map (pdf)

Download track routes for Google Earth (Refer Visit page for map, track routes and instructions)

Upcoming volunteer days

Book with the Trust by emailing [email protected] so we know you are coming. Also book with Fullers by phoning 3679111 to reserve a tree planters ticket. You can either pay then or get a reservation number and pay at the ticket office on Sunday morning. If you do not book you may not get a seat on the ferry.
The 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 $24.50.
The ferry leaves Motuihe:
4.30pm November to April
For the rest of the year 3.30 pm.

2018

16 December Sunday public volunteer day depart Motuihe 4.30 

2019
3 February Sunday public volunteer day depart Motuihe 4.30
17 February Sunday public volunteer day depart Motuihe 4.30
31 March Sunday public volunteer day depart Motuihe 4.30
14 April Sunday public volunteer day depart Motuihe 4.30 FULL

Mid Week trips 
(see Volunteering menu for details)

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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 4.15 pm Jan to March and after Labour weekend to the end of the year. During the winter 3.15 pm. 

    Ferry tickets: $24.50 (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 trips:

    Sunday 17 February 2019


    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.  

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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 Motuhihe 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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