Motuihe Island / Te Motu-a-Ihenga

Is administered as a recreation reserve by the Department of Conservation (DOC).

This wonderful island has some of the best sandy beaches of the inner Hauraki Gulf islands. 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 lands, 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.

Wherever the wind is blowing from, it is usually possible to find a sheltered sandy beach for sunbathing, swimming or picnics - Ocean Beach, Wharf Bay, Snapper Bay or Calypso Bay.

Motuihe Facilities


 Toilet Block near Wharf includes changing rooms

Department of Conservation Campground

Click link for more booking information and costs 

Non powered sites all within one minute walk to beaches

Water available

Guiding information – (Link) Maps of walking tracks, plants, animals historical landmarks.

Official Video Tour Guide App for Motuihe Island, featuring interactive maps,

360 degree views, text and video stories.

Motuihe Trust Kiosk (Selected opening hours summer only)

Information on island restoration, volunteering, self-guided walks, ice creams, tea, coffee, water, apparel sales