View of Motukawanui Island from the mainland
Motukawanui Island, known locally as Motukawa, is the largest island in the Cavalli group.
The island's varied landscapes include rugged cliffs on the eastern side and some curving sheltered bays on the west.
Motukawanui has had a history of early settlement with 70 identified archaeological sites. The island is free from possums, mustelids and cats, and it is home to a wide variety of native bird species, including the endangered New Zealand dotterel.
There are many lovely beaches around Motukawanui that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. A track leads you around the island.
Learn more about the historical and natural features of Motukawanui Island.
Motukawanui Island offers opportunities for swimming and snorkelling or you can walk the track and view the historic pa sites.
Find out where you can stay on Motukawanui Island.
Find out about visiting Motukawanui Island including how to get there.
This video from the TVNZ programme 'North' takes you to Motukawanui Island. Marcus Lush talks with Hohepa Epiha from Ngati Kura about the Cavalli Islands.
View the visit information pack
Motukawanui Island - Walk the North e-book
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There is a total fire ban within the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, effective from 1 February 2015 until further notice.
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