Motuihe Island is an island paradise situated in the Hauraki Gulf, 30 minutes ferry trip from downtown Auckland by fast ferry or a leisurely trip of 1hr 15minutes by Red Boats. Motuihe Island is now home to native New Zealand flora and fauna such as the little spotted kiwi, saddleback, kakariki, bellbirds, whiteheads, shore skinks, common gecko, duvaucel gecko and tuatara to name a few.

Motuihe Restoration Project is a conservation project run in partnership between Motuihe Trust and DOC to transform Motuihe Island into an authentic natural environment of beaches, native forests, wetlands and open spaces together with rare and endangered native birds and insects.


Motuihe Project was established in 2000 by members of the community in conjunction with the Department of Conservation. It was inspired by the vision of the island’s resident concessionaire, Ronnie Harrison. A community trust was formed and a Restoration Plan devised to drive the restoration of New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna to this island.