Kawau Island shorter walks
Pest control closures
18 August 2014
DOC is carrying out pest control in the Kawau Island Historic Reserve on 19–22 August and 1–5 September.
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.
Track times are indicative only. Please ensure you have plenty of time to complete your walk and catch the ferry.
Family enjoying a walk on the Coppermine track, Kawau Island
Time: Mansion House to Ladys Bay 10 min one way
A short stroll to a sandy beach, accessible mid to low tide only, once a swimming spot for 'ladies only'. Follow the central path up Mansion House Valley and take the signposted track to Ladys Bay.
Two House Bay
Time: Mansion House to Two House Bay 15 min one way
This bay once had two cottages, built during the 1960s for Sir George Grey's estate manager and shepherd. One of the cottages remains today in modified form and is now the ranger's residence. Please note this track is steep.
Boat arriving at the historic Mansion House Bay wharf, Kawau Island
Ladys Bay/Momona Point
Time: Ladys Bay to Momona Point 20 min one way
A short walk one way, originally used by guests of Sir George Grey, beginning at Ladys Bay. The track leads to the end of a promontory with a good view of the mainland.
Time: Mansion House to lookout 25 min one way
An easy stroll to the lookout, a cleared grassy area which provides good views of the coppermine enginehouse remains, and a panorama which takes in Beehive. Moturekareka, Motuketekete, Motuora and other Gulf islands.
Take the track from Mansion House to Ladys Bay and continue along the gradually climbing path to reach the Lookout. The track passes through mature pine trees established during Sir George Grey's ownership of the island. The Redwood Track provides an alternative return to Mansion House.
Kawau Island is easily accessible by private boats, with a choice of safe anchorages in and close to Mansion House Bay.
Ferries and water taxis travel to Kawau Island daily from Sandspit Wharf near Warkworth, about one and a half hour's drive north of Auckland. For details see Ferries/water taxis or contact the Auckland Visitor Centre.
Plan and prepare
Visiting Mansion House
Opening times and fees for Mansion House
The Mansion House Cafe is open daily during summer holiday periods and weekends between Labour weekend (late October) and Queen's Birthday weekend (early June). Cafe opening times vary. Check by ringing the cafe on +64 9 422 8903.