Auckland region

Aerial view of Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island.

Aerial view of Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island

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

Before you visit, check for stowaways that may be harmful to wildlife on this island. View the biosecurity brochure on the Treasure islands website.

Kawau is home to the iconic Mansion House, which Sir George Grey, one of New Zealand's most influential and controversial political figures, made his home in the 1800s. Mansion House houses an impressive collective of antique furnishings and is open to the public daily.

Surrounding the house and extending up the valley are exotic gardens established by Sir George Grey. The gardens make a perfect place to relax with a picnic.

Kawau Island is also the site of one of New Zealand's earliest mining ventures. Remnants of the copper mining industry remain and can be explored using the network of tracks through the Kawau Island Historic Reserve.

View the Kawau Island Historic Reserve brochure (PDF, 1,760K).


Kawau Island lies north of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf.

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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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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