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Address: Motutapu Island, Auckland, New Zealand
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a great day out with magnificent views to Auckland

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... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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 the North Shore

Thank dougcoAuckland
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 away. Now if DOC just do their bit by clearing the weeds [or allowing others]... More 

Thank kiwiprobins
brisbane australia
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114 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 in total. Then we chilled out on at the camping area. The weather was really... More 

Thank Letian008
Windham, Maine
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112 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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 as the ocean. You will be immediately greeted by rolling meadows and working farms. It... More 

Thank uhaul2015
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 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 go over during Late November - Early April when the weather is warmer/nicer.

Thank Emm93
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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 Islands" - a pest free haven for native species. The Motutapu Restoration Trust have planted... More 

Thank PatrickorNZ
Auckland, New Zealand
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22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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. you have to carry food, water and even a rubbish bag as there is no... More 

1 Thank hari4uever
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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
London, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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 Homestead). Unlike Waiheke, this island is all about the wildlife and isolation - other than... More 

Thank neilhassall

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