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.

Bush, Birds & Beach - Summer 2018-2019

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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. 

Bush, Birds & Beach Information sheet


For transport options, please follow this link.   The Fullers ferry service which has been notified for the next few months to the Trust is available here.

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 during the summer season– see home for details and latest updates.
Cost $10.00pp or $25 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.


Drink and snacks can be purchased on board the ferry. The Trust operates a kiosk over the summer - 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.

Some parts of the island are potentially dangerous. There are unfenced clifftops, where extreme care is needed, especially with children. When walking the tracks, care must be taken with uneven ground.

Select links for:

 2017 Motuihe Trust Health & Safety Policy

RAMS Risk Management Plan for Schools (MSWord format)  (The attached is an example only)

RAMS Risk Management Plan for Schools (pdf format) (The attached is an example only)