• Mahurangi harbor


Motuora one of our predator-free islands

There are several habitats on our predator-free islands with in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park with Motuora being one of them. Sometimes it is hard to see the changes that go on from day to day. However if you look back over decades the changes can be unbelievable. This is the case on Motuora island which is in the north of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.Motuora Island is 5 km east of the Mahurangi harbor, which is the perfect sea kayak paddle distance. Today the island is very different from the almost bare island it was back in 1990. Volunteers have taken action and in 1995 the Motuora Restoration Society (MRS) was formalised. The program gained momentum, planting 30,000 native seedlings per year grown in their nursery.

Aerial view of Motuora, showing the difference of 300,000 native trees being planted over the years. Photo: Motuora Restoration SocietyToday, the island is almost entirely covered in 300,000 native trees and the strategy has now shifted to infilling gaps, and planting canopy trees. Those trees provide much needed cover for a kiwi crèche run by Operation Nest-Egg, as well as a resident population of 150 North Island kiwi.Motuora Island is one of the locations that we visit on our Duke of Edinburgh adventurous journeysThe Duke of Edinburgh AwardMotuora Restoration Society.

Motuora is an 80-hectare island in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. The island reserve lies five kilometres east of Mahurangi Heads, north of Auckland. Motuora has a long history of human occupation and was used for pastoral farming through most of the last century. Much of the original coastal forest was cleared long ago leaving only remnant pohutukawa and karo/mahoe scrub growing on coastal cliffs.In 1990 the focus for the island changed and a volunteer-led restoration programme began. Restoration efforts gained momentum in 1995 with the formation of the Motuora Restoration Society (MRS). The Society jointly managed the island with the Department of Conservation (DOC) until 2016. In March of 2016 DOC resumed full management of Motuora but the Motuora Restoration Society continues to manage the restoration of the the island’s flora and fauna.



Another great event organized by @emr_nz at Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga. Participants learned about local wildlife and conservation projects. We explored mangroves and what makes this harbour so special. Thanks EMR for including us 📷by EMR with @backcountryweb doing his thing
Kayak instruction with a different view today. Westhaven beach is right in the heart of Auckland and has a unique view looking back over the city and sky tower. The water is nearly always flat and you can paddle right under the harbour bridge for a bit of excitement @visitauckland
Just arrived at Motuora island which is our home for the night. We are out with a local high school exploring their local area.  It was a fun down wind paddle from the mainland with loads of waves to surf #outdooreducation  #doc @visitauckland
Teaching people about how wonderful the Tamaki estuary is. Thanks @emr_nz for having us along
Skills training before next week's multiday trip with Mahurangi College. @burto1 you legend!
It's just Autumn in Auckland today #rangitoto here we come @visitauckland
Finishing the day with an epic sunset from Motuihe island. We are staying here for a multi day trip with a local high school. Amazing place to stay with kiwi, tautara to name a few 📸superguideeric
Sun's out, guns out. Stunning weather for three days of exploring the Cavalli islands in the tropical far north.
Great paddle past the Candy Cane tower (Mackenzie bay light house) while heading to Rangitoto Island. Stunning paddle with a great group of local high school students  @visitauckland
So nice to float up Williams stream in Parau on the Manukau harbor @visitauckland  thanks to @emr_nz for another amazing event