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Motutapu Island

Motutapu Island, Auckland, New Zealand
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Motutapu Island, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

picture a leisurely cruise out to an (almost) deserted island only minutes away from the CBD. a healthy walk over the island past defensive fortifications and Maori sites brings you to a fantastic beach with lots of fish to look at and views over to...More

Thank dougcoAuckland
Reviewed 15 January 2017

so beautiful, surrounded by sea with historic gun placements, tunnels, a working farm, pest free, an education centre & the homestead! It's a trek but easily done! Bring food because there are no shops. Hard to believe the big smoke is just a ferry ride...More

Thank kiwiprobins
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Great ferry ride across the harbour and walk around the island in the fresh air makes for an enjoyable light adventure.

1  Thank cookieabroad
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Visited Motutapu during Easter holidays. My friend and I planned to do trekking but we didn't search much information. We wanted to be flexible on our holiday. :) The treks are quite short and simple compare to its neighbor (Rangitoto) We spent only 3 hrs...More

Thank Letian008
Reviewed 10 February 2016

Since Motutapu is connected to Rangitoto Island it only seem logical to se both. This is a full day, if not more, adventure. The walking tracks will take you to every part of the Island and offers spectacular views of the interior landscape as well...More

Thank uhaul2015
Reviewed 12 January 2016

An easy 2 - 2 1/2 hour walk from Rangitoto Island (you can take the Ferry from Auckland City across to Rangitoto), Motutapu Island is separated by a bridge. It is well worth the walk as the views along the walk are stunning. Best to...More

Thank Emm93
Reviewed 29 December 2015

Little known and seldom visited, Motutapu Island is across the causeway from Rangitoto and closer to the city than Waiheke. Maintained by the Department of Conservation it includes a working farm, beaches, WW2 history. The highlight however is that it is one of Auckland's "Treasure...More

Thank PatrickorNZ
Reviewed 20 October 2015

it was a really long walk for us to reach waikarapupu bay from the home bay, it was the only option to get down from the ferry service providers. but we really enjoyed it. there is some hidden history of world war, in this island....More

1  Thank hari4uever
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Like stepping back in time to a place that is becoming again as the islands in the gulf were for previous generations. Exciting to hear and see different birds, in particular saddlebacks.

Thank Diane1811027
Reviewed 16 February 2015

We visited one weekend during February, using Explore's Sunday service (a fairly new operator in Auckland and slightly better / quicker than Fullers) Having been blessed with amazing weather, we disembarked with several others (along with the volunteers who run the tea-room at the Reid's...More

Thank neilhassall
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Which is the best pod to camp in?
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Response from kiwiprobins | Reviewed this property |
pod? Homestead Bay is the designated camping area with facilities. Sheltered & safe. A good base camp.