Kawau Island - a Mix of Stately Living and Wilderness

Located north of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, Kawau Island is an historic island reserve with a range of attractions and activities. Kawau Island Historic Reserve is administered by the Department of Conservation.

The elegant historic Mansion House of Kawau, with links to Sir George Grey (one of New Zealand's first Governors), has been turned into a marvellous museum. During his time on the island, Governor Grey imported many exotic plants and animals that remain today.

Access to the Kawau Island is by boat, ferry and water taxi. Daily ferries depart from Sandspit, near Warkworth, about one-and-a-half hour's drive from Auckland.

The island has walking tracks leading to beaches, Maori pa sites and old copper mines. Walks range in length from half-an-hour to several hours duration. Most walking tracks are easy walking and suitable for families. Many walks follow old nineteenth century paths originating from Mansion House Valley.

Activities and attractions on Kawau Island include:

  • Mansion House
  • Exotic gardens
  • Historic mining sites
  • Picnics and swimming
  • Coastal, garden and exotic forest walks
  • Hold a wedding event

There are several accommodation options available on Kawau Island.

Kawau Island Conservation

Help us keep Kawau Island clean and green. Some things to remember include:

  • Do not bring dogs or other animals onto the historic reserve
  • Do not light fires
  • Take your rubbish away with you
  • Do not remove or disturb any artefacts or other historic remains
  • Do not camp in the historic reserve

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