Motuihe is a recreational reserve and is managed through a partnership between the Department of Conservation and the Motuihe Trust.
Motuihe is an uninhabited island just 30 minutes by boat from downtown Auckland. 360 Discovery Cruises offers a ferry service to this beautiful conservation area boasting some of the finest white sandy beaches in the Hauraki Gulf.
The island is rich in both indigenous and early settler history. One claim to fame is as an internment camp for Prisoners of War. In his 2005 book The Cruise of the Sea Eagle, author Blaine Pardoe details the amazing story of Germany’s “gentleman pirate,” Motuihe’s most famous prisoner Count Felix von Luckner.
There is something for everyone on Motuihe, including swimming, tramping a chance to be involved in the ongoing eco-restoration of this striking island.
Important biosecurity information
Our vessels are licensed by DOC and the Auckland Council to visit islands in the Hauraki Gulf. We run a biosecurity system on all our vessels which meets the criteria to hold a ‘Pest-free Warrant’ for the Hauraki Gulf.
What you need to do to prepare for your trip to pest-free Motuihe island:
- Please check your bags for stowaways: mice, rats, Argentine ants and rainbow skinks.
- Ensure your footwear, clothing and bags are clean and free of soil and seeds.
- Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof container eg. hard plastic.
- No open bags or boxes – everything you bring must be sealed or zipped closed.
CAMPING or STAYING OVERNIGHT?
Any camping or overnight gear must be thoroughly checked for pest stowaways. Food must be packed into rodent-proof/sealed containers.
If you have any doubts or questions about your packed items please ask sales staff or the boat crew.
Read about what you need to do in the Treasure Islands poster
Visit www.treasureislands.co.nz for further information on biosecurity and the Pest-free Warrant.