Motutapu Island

One of my favourite islands in the Hauraki Gulf, Motutapu was one of the earliest places settled in Auckland. It’s now home to almost no one, offers spectacular views out across the harbour, lots of good walking tracks, and huge historic gun emplacements dating from WW2 era. It can be reached in less than an hour from Auckland by ferry direct to Home Bay (seasonal), or all year round by crossing over from its neighbour Rangitoto.

Approaching the 3,700 acre island…

DSC01431DSC01443Exploring the huge complex of the counter-bombardment battery and observation post.DSC01488DSC01489 DSC01500 DSC01501 DSC01502 DSC01513The views from my lunchspot, laying on beautiful thick grass, looking toward to Coromandel Peninsula in the far distance.DSC01546DSC01592 DSC01596 DSC01627The wonderful volcanic island of Rangitoto, complete below with old school bach (holiday home). DSC01649 DSC01699Auckland CBD in the distance, behind Rangitoto… DSC01710 DSC01714 DSC01718 DSC01725 DSC01740Motuihe Island, home to some stunning beaches, and a favourite with boaties as you can see below.DSC01745 DSC01759 Home Bay

To finish with a few photos from another visit to the island in April 2021.

Author: jontycrane

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