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Visit Kawau Island, former home to Sir George Grey, who developed the stately Mansion House and its exotic gardens. The house, gardens and tracks on the reserve are open to the public.


This is a Hauraki Gulf Treasure Island. Check you are pest-free before you visit.

Visit Mansion House and the surrounding exotic gardens, and explore remnants of the historic mining sites.

Place overview


  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping


  • Picnic tables
  • Pest free
    Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

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      Getting there

      The island is easily accessed by private boats, with a choice of safe anchorages in and close to Mansion House Bay.

      Water taxis and ferries travel to Kawau Island daily from Sandspit Wharf near Warkworth, about one and a half hour's drive north of Auckland.

      See transport options to this island.

      Know before you go

      Visiting Mansion House

      Mansion House exterior.
      Mansion House

      Opening hours
      • Monday to Friday 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
      • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm
      • Closed Christmas Day, and in winter from 1 June to 31 July inclusive
      Group booking

      Contact the ranger at least 7 days before you plan to visit:

      Phone: +64 9 422 8882

      You can also make group bookings online.

      Between 1 June and 31 July, the house may be opened by prior arrangement, for groups of 10 or more.

      Fees for visiting Mansion House
      • Adults $4
      • Children (5–15 years) $2
      • Under 5 free

      Children must be accompanied by an adult. Note that there are no eftpos or credit card facilities at Mansion House.


      The Mansion House Cafe is open daily during holiday periods and weekends between Labour weekend (late October) and Queen's Birthday weekend (June). Check opening times by calling the cafe: phone +64 9 422 8903, or Mansion House: phone +64 9 422 8882.


      Picnic on the reserve, or at the outdoor tables in Mansion House Valley and strategic points in the reserve.

      Rules and regulations

      • Do not light fires.
      • Take your rubbish away with you. The reserve has no rubbish disposal facilities.
      • Do not remove or disturb any artefacts or other historic remains.
      • Do not camp in the historic reserve.

      Non-compliance with these conditions may result in prosecution.

      Looking after the island

      You can help ensure the long term success of keeping pests off this island and preventing reinvasion. Before you leave the mainland or travel between islands in the Hauraki Gulf:

      • Check your boat or kayak and gear for rats, mice, Argentine ants, rainbow skinks, soil and seeds. 
      • Clean footwear, clothing and gear of soil and seeds – weeds are a significant problem on the island.
      • Pack luggage and all food you are bringing to the island in pest-proof containers – not in open bags/boxes/containers or plastic bags.
      • Leave your dog and other pets at home – they pose a risk to the native species on this island.
      • Read the Treasure Islands biosecurity information.


      Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Office
      Phone:      +64 9 307 9279
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      Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
      Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
      Address:   137 Quay Street
      Princes Wharf
      Auckland 1010
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