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).

Alert/Important notice

 Pest control closures

DOC is carrying out pest control in the Kawau Island Historic Reserve from Monday 1 December to Friday 5 December 2014.

Open: The Mansion House Valley (the Mansion House Gardens and immediate lawn area) will remain open during daylight hours.

Closed: The remainder of the Historic Reserve, all entry points to it, and all tracks on the island will be closed during this period.

For enquires contact the ranger at Mansion House on +64 9 422 8882 or +64 21 289 9500.

 

Location

Kawau Island lies north of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf.
 
 

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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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Contacts

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Downtown
Auckland 1010
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
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