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…
Exploring the huge complex of the counter-bombardment battery and observation post. The views from my lunchspot, laying on beautiful thick grass, looking toward to Coromandel Peninsula in the far distance. The wonderful volcanic island of Rangitoto, complete below with old school bach (holiday home). Auckland CBD in the distance, behind Rangitoto… Motuihe Island, home to some stunning beaches, and a favourite with boaties as you can see below.
To finish with a few photos from another visit to the island in April 2021.