Find out more about conservation land and waters you can visit on Waiheke Island.

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  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping
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      Nature and conservation

      Te Matuku

      Stony Batter boulders.
      Waiheke Island is a Treasure Island

      On the southern side of Waiheke Island lies Te Matuku Marine Reserve, which contains the largest area of intertidal mudflats in the inner Hauraki Gulf.

      Te Matuku Bay Scenic Reserve protects the coastal fringe of part of the bay, including taraire/tawa forest with pohutukawa and kauri. Fortunately Waiheke Island is free of possums  - a pest animal which threatens native forest.

      Concrete building, Stony Batter.
      Concrete building, Stony Batter

      Stony Batter Protection and Restoration Society

      The Stony Batter Protection and Restoration Society is a voluntary organisation formed to restore the Stony Batter defence complex.

      To find out more about their work or how you can be involved, visit the museum and information centre at Stony Batter. All proceeds from guiding and museum entry go to the restoration work of the Trust.

      Getting there

      A number of commercial ferry operators run both car and passenger ferry services to Waiheke Island.

      See the pest-free warranted operators for available transport options to this island.

      A regular bus service to the main villages on the island operates daily. Taxi and car rentals are available on the island. Get information from the Waiheke Island i-SITE.

      Getting to Stony Batter

      Gun emplacement, Stony Batter Historic Reserve.
      Gun emplacement, Stony Batter Historic Reserve

      Stony Batter Historic Reserve is at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, about 40 minutes drive from Matiatia Wharf. It is not serviced by public transport.

      From Onetangi, head up the hill on Waiheke Road. After a couple of kilometres, turn left into Man O’War Bay Road. Follow this road through farmland then turn left into Stony Batter Road. There is a parking area adjacent to a walkway that crosses private farmland to reach the Stony Batter Historic Reserve.

      Getting to Matietie Walk

      The Matietie Walk starts near the Matiatia Wharf where the passenger ferry berths.

      Getting to Te Matuku Marine Reserve

      The marine reserve is located at the far south-east corner of Waiheke Island and can be accessed by land or sea.

      Land access is via Orapiu Road, which skirts around the head of Te Matuku Bay and continues out to Orapui Bay (about 30 minutes from Matiatia Wharf). There are good views of Te Matuku Bay at several points along this road.

      Pearl Bay, on the outer eastern side of Te Matuku Bay, is a 20 minute walk from Otakawhe Bay at the end of Hunterville Road.

      Boulders, Stony Batter Historic Reserve.
      Boulders, Stony Batter Historic Reserve

      Know before you go

      Looking after the island

      Waiheke Island is free of some pests - help keep it this way.

      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.

      Other ways you can help look after Waiheke Island 

      • Do not light fires.
      • Take your rubbish away with you – follow DOC’s ‘Pack in, pack out’ code.
      • Do not remove or disturb artefacts or other historic remains.
      • Do not camp on reserves.  
      • Don't disturb threatened birds like the New Zealand dotterel. Watch them from a distance. Report any disturbances to the Department of Conservation.

      Looking after the marine reserve

      Rules and regulations:

      • No fishing of any kind is permitted.
      • Do not take or disturb marine life, including shellfish and seaweeds.
      • Do not remove any part of the sea floor, including rocks or dead sea shells.
      • Please leave your dog at home as dogs disturb nesting seabirds. Dogs are not permitted at the marine reserve at any time.
      • Do not exceed 5 knots in a boat or on a jetski within 200 m of the mainland or a dive flag, or within 50 m of a boat or person in the water. 

      Related link

      Watch a video of the walk from Hooks Bay to Stony Batter


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