Half Day Motutapu Island Explore

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Highlights & inclusions

Explore the islands walking tracks
Swim at sandy beaches
Discover historic WWII gun emplacements and tunnels
Explore regenerating forest
Spot native and endangered species
Rich indigenous history
or 4 payments of $12.65 with more info
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience

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Tue, Jul 23, 2024

What you can expect

Uncover the secret life of Motutapu Island – just a 45 minute cruise from central Auckland.

Learn about the prolific history of this peaceful island as you explore on foot - from the original inhabitants Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, the history and relics of its past life as a WWII base. Experience the regenerating forest and reintroduced native species on the island sanctuary following the world’s largest island pest eradication programme.


What you need to know

  • 45 minute cruise each way
  • 4.5 hours to explore the islands walks and landscape
  • Take a swim or enjoy a picnic on the beach
  • Camp overnight and return on an alternate day - available to book via the Department of Conservation
  • Explore the islands walking tracks
  • Swim at sandy beaches - bring swimwear and a towel
  • Discover historic sites including WWII gun emplacements and tunnels
  • Explore regenerating forest and spot native and endangered species including kereru, kakariki, tiekē and more.
  • Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays departs 11:30am
  • This experience takes approximately 5 hours and 50 minutes.
Departure Location
  • Departs Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
What To Bring
  • A warm jacket
  • Flat soled shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
Additional Information
  • Check in 15 minutes before departure
  • Complimentary vouchers are subject to availability and valid for 12 months.
  • Lunch is not included. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board.
  • Toilets available on board
  • Operating in partnership with Ngāi Tai Te Haerenga
  • Please note schedule is subject to change due to tides and other circumstances, please contact us to confirm departure times.
Terms And Conditions
  • Explore Group reserve the right to alter proposed routes or cancel any departure in the interest of passenger safety and/or comfort.
  • All departures are subject to minimum numbers, sea and weather conditions and Explore Group reserves the right to cancel departures in the event that requirements are not met.
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
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