About Kawau

Kawau Island is one of the larger islands that make up the Hauraki Gulf and can be found 8kms (30 minutes) off the coast. 

All this just 45 km north of Auckland. 

The climate is sub-tropical with majority of the Island covered in bush, mainly Kanuka, Manuka and Pohutukawa but there are also excellent

stands of Puriri and Kauri.

The Island covers an area of approximately 5000 acres, is 8km by 5km at its longest axes.

In 1862 the Island was purchased by one of New Zealand's first governors, Sir George Grey, as a private residence.

The Kawau Island Historic Reserve was created to protect Sir George’s historic stately home in Mansion House Bay, which is open for viewing.

Peaceful walking tracks lead through native forest to beaches, Maori Pa sites and old copper mine.

The magnificent house and park-like gardens are open to visitors, and colourful peacocks still strut the lawns.

Read more about Mansion House




The Kawau Island Yacht Club is open daily over summer and serves lunch, dinner and snacks


Kawau Island offers the ideal “getaway from it all” holiday venue, with no roads and or cars it is easy to hear the birdsong.

You will be amazed at the native birds on the Island and as you wander around, you will hear and see tuis, fantails, wood pigeons, kingfishers,

silver-eyes, grey warblers and the cheeky weka.

You may see and hear bright-coloured rosellas and the Australia native kookaburras. As dusk approaches the sounds of moorporks can be

heard in the bush and if you are lucky you may even hear a kiwi.

Click here to view Kawau Island accomodation


Sandspit Carpark offers secure parking while you discover the island.