Motuihe Island, Auckland Overview

Motuihe Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand. It lies near Auckland and is sandwiched between Motutapu and Waiheke islands. The name of the island has been derived from the word “Te Motu a Ihenga” which in the Maori dialect means “the island of the Ihengas.” Spread over 440 acres, the Motuihe Island is known for its beautiful beaches and a few coastal forests. The sprawling stretch of the beach is lined with trees native to the area on the branches of which dwells the Tuatara - a species of lizard native to New Zealand. The beauty of the beaches is amplified by crystal clear water that crash on to the white sandy shore. It is interesting to note that this site was earlier used as a quarantine station and naval training base. Motuihe island is under the control of the Department of Conservation and the Motuihe Trust. These entities organise training camps and encourage locals to volunteer to come up and actively take part in the conservation of the island.

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