Welcome to Motuihe Island


Motuihe has been rendered pest-free and is now subject to a vigorous reforestation project by enthusiastic volunteers. As a result, endangered birds have returned, including the loquacious tieke. There are no permanent residents or shops, except for a weekend kiosk in summer.


Top experiences in Motuihe Island

Motuihe Island activities

$155.25 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf Seaplane Sightseeing Flight

Meet your pilot at Wynyard Quarter in central Auckland. After a safety briefing, board an 8-seater De Havilland Beaver seaplane. Your pilot provides you with a radio headset, which you can use to hear about the sights from your pilot during the flight.Your pilot cruises into the center of Auckland Harbour for takeoff. Enjoy looking at the yachts and city skyline from the water. Then soar into the air and head over Lake Pupuke and the suburb of Takapuna to Rangitoto Island, home to one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. The island formed after a series of eruptions between 550 and 600 years ago, making it Auckland’s youngest volcano. Crane your neck to look out the window at the crater as your plane passes just 500 feet (150m) above Rangitoto. Your flight continues over Motutapu Island.. Circle back toward Auckland Harbour by way of Motuihe Island. The heritage site contains ancient Maori archaeological artifacts, a historic cemetery and military installations from both world wars. Your pilot then loops around Brown’s Island crater, one of the best preserved volcanoes in the Auckland Volcanic Field.Your guide will then proceed to point out more Auckland sites before landing down near the Harbour Bridge where you will taxi back to shore safely. Transition from natural to urban scenery when you cruise over Auckland Harbour for a one-of-a-kind view of city landmarks like the colossal Sky Tower that rises 1,076 feet (328m). Your pilot then gently lands the seaplane on the water, and taxis you back to shore.After a memorable 15-minute flight, your tour ends with return to your starting point. Expect the entire experience to take about 40 minutes total.

$448.49 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Scenic Flights Over Hauraki Gulf including Man O' War Wine Tasting Tour

Passengers are expected to check-in at Auckland Seaplane’s base 20 minutes prior to departure time where their weight details will be taken. They are escorted to the pontoon and a safety briefing by the Pilot then follows. Once on board the aircraft, passengers will cruise into the Auckland Harbour Aerodrome ready for take-off, enjoying views of yachts and the city skyline from the water. Once airborne, passengers are flown past Devonport, Lake Pupuke, Auckland’s youngest volcano Rangitoto, Motutapu Island and Waiheke Island before landing at Man O’ War Bay. Passengers then hop off the seaplane and onto the lawns at Man O’ War Vineyards. There they enjoy an award-winning wine-tasting with a lunch platter. 2 hours later they are guided back to the beach where they hop on board the seaplane once again. Passengers are then flown over a different scenic route over Motuihe Island and Brown’s Island Volcano. The Pilot will provide an extensive historical commentary throughout the flight. Passengers land back in the Auckland Harbour and cruise into North Wharf for disembarking. Bookings: 2 Pax minimum Suggested Times: 11am, 12pm, 4:30pm onwards. Times are subject to tides.

$310.50 Shore Excursions

Gulf Island Scenic

Passengers are expected to check-in at Auckland Seaplane’s base 15 minutes prior to departure time where their weight details will be taken.They are escorted to the pontoon and a safety briefing by the Pilot then follows.Once on board the aircraft, passengers will cruise into the Auckland Harbour Aerodrome ready for take-off, enjoying views of yachts and the city skyline from the water.Once airborne, passengers are flown past Devonport, Lake Pupuke, Auckland’s youngest volcano Rangitoto, Motutapu Island, Waiheke Island, Pakatoa Island, Rotoroa Island, Ponui Island, Motuihe Island, Brown’s Island, Maretai Beach, Mechanic’s Bay and the Auckland City skyline. The Pilot will provide an extensive historical commentary throughout the flight.Passengers land back in the Auckland Harbour and cruise into North Wharf for disembarking.

Motuihe Island in detail