Motukawanui Island Track
1 hr 50 min one way
3.5 km each way
From Wai-Iti Bay in the southwest of the island, the Motukawanui Island track rises to the main ridge, and then takes you along to the trig on the highpoint. The track follows the ridge tops, from where you can enjoy outstanding views of Mahinepua Peninsula, Matauri Bay and other forested islands of the Cavalli group.
10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 4,667 steps. Learn more about this programme on the Sport Northland website.
The Cavalli Islands are located off Northland’s east Coast about 3 km northeast of Matauri Bay. Motukawanui can be accessed by boat. In good weather, you can also reach the island by kayak. The Motukawanui Island track can be accessed from Wai-iti or Papatara bays on the southern coast or from the northern-most end of the island.
Diving and snorkelling
Plan and prepare
No dogs or fires due to risks to wildlife.
Camping is not permitted due to the risk of fire, which poses a huge threat to the kiwi population and other wildlife on the island. Toilet waste from campers may pollute waterways or damage archaeological sites.
Help stop kauri dieback
Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.
- Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
- Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.
Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.
Historic Motukawanui Scenic Reserve
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