Motutapu Island is one of New Zealand’s oldest islands and was one of the first to be formed amongst the Auckland Volcanic Field. It was inhabited first by early Maori and Polynesian settlers, and then eventually European immigrants as well. A volcanic eruption that resulted in the formation of the nearby, but much younger, Rangitoto Island, destroyed most traces of civilisation and vegetation on the island. Motutapu island has now become a haven for trekkers looking for a day-trip away from Auckland and is a bushwalker’s paradise.
Motutapu Island is one of the oldest islands in the Hauraki Gulf and dates back to 178 million years. New Zealand’s history as a nation runs parallel to that of the island. The island has also recently become home to conservation efforts by the New Zealand government which has resulted in endangered species of flora and fauna being translocated there.
Ferries regularly leave from Auckland Harbour to Rangitoto Island, and it is a 35-minute ferry ride. Visitors can then walk to Motutapu island through the artificial causeway built to connect the two islands. Ferries to Motutapu island operate but are less frequent than the ones that go to Rangitoto island.
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