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Authentic beauty on Motuihe wildlife sanctuary island

Discover the authentic beauty of Motuihe Island wildlife sanctuary / Te Motu-a-Ihenga – a special, little, boot-shaped island in the Hauraki Gulf. Once farmed, Motuihe now been restored back into a glorious sanctuary for native flora, fauna and wildlife. There are little lookouts and tracks all over the island so bring your tramping boats, kayak, SUP, anything you prefer to relax, rejuvenate and soak up Motuihe. Access is by boat or water taxi. Remember to pack well for a day out in NZ.

The island has a rich heritage and an important role in Aotearoa New Zealand’s journey of rediscovering more of its authentic self; and you’re welcome to be part of it. Motuihe has opportunity for visitors to give back to the land, sowing into something meaningful for generations to come, with their conversation project. The ecological restoration happening here allows people to experience rare and endangered NZ native species. Check out DoC for a map of the island.

Ronnie Harrison, the concessionaire of Motuihe Island wildlife sanctuary, sparked the idea of the islands restoration. Together, with a community of incredible volunteers, Motuihe Trust and the Department of Conversation, her vision has become reality. Ronnie’s dream and mahi / hard work has given countless people wonderful experiences and many more flora, fauna and wildlife an ecological sanctuary to call home. Some of these species are, the iconic Little Spotted Kiwi, as well as Saddleback, Kakariki, Bellbirds, Whiteheads, Shore skinks, Common gecko, Duvaucel gecko and Tuatara.

If we care for the land it will care for us.”

Ronnie Harrison

Photo Credit Graeme Murray

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