Motuihe Island / Te Motu-a-Ihenga
Summer 2021/2022: Motuihe Island Restoration Guided Walks will not be available due to Covid-19 restrictions.
For Self Guided Tours please follow link to download map. Maps are available for a small cost at the kiosk or can be downloaded through using Google Earth. (for instructions)
Puriri (Vitex lucens)
5km return 1.5 – 2.5 hour from Information Kiosk: Is in the middle of the island and is accessed from the wharf and also beaches around the island via the marked tracks. The walk starts through trees planted in 2003 and passes under ancient native trees which are home to a wide variety of birds including the very rare Tieke (Saddleback). There is a seat overlooking Wharf Bay, and a geologically significant pancake limestone formation can be viewed. Many rare and endangered birds introduced since 2005 can be seen and heard on the walk, often feeding on nectar, berries and seeds. The track emerges from the bush near the ridgeline and there is an option to head south to Nga Taikorapa or north to head towards the wharf or other beaches.
Headland Heritage Walk to Cemetery
1km return 20 - 45 min: The walk is on a sealed road up the tree lined slope past the Toilet Block towards the Cemetery which is at the most northern point of the island. The road passes historic olives planted in the 1860s and takes in 360 views of Waitemata Harbour Hauraki Gulf Islands, and ends at the 1918 Spanish Flu graveyard.