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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.
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:
There are several accommodation options available on Kawau Island.
Help us keep Kawau Island clean and green. Some things to remember include: