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Kawau Bay – Sandspit

Auckland, North Island

Visit Kawau Island, discover historic Mansion House or take the Royal Mail Run cruise from Sandspit for a great family day out near Matakana. Kawau escapulates the story of New Zealand with an early governor, Sir George Grey setting up residence in a grand Victorian homestead, importing ‘pests’ Australian wallabies, a copper mining operation and today  passionate locals are dedicated to the well being of the flora and fauna surrounding them. It is an island where access is often by boat and walking from one place to another. It is an island where boats and boating skills are essential to getting around. Kawa is Hauraki Gulf’s largest island and a must go destination for visitors to Auckland.

What to do, Kawau Bay – Sandspit highlights

  • Royal Mail run cruise to the island as you drop off supplies and parcels
  • Mansion House with its ornate Victorian splendour
  • Walks around the island
  • Lady Bay with its quiet sandy cove
  • Coppermine relics
  • Stay and relax into island time

The island is a perfect day trip from Mahurangi peninsula village of Sandspit.


Forward bookings are recommended in peak season as this is a very popular day trip.

The seaside settlement of Sandspit at the mouth of the Matakana River is the gateway to the islands of Kawau Bay.


From Sandspit drive over to Brick Bay (approximately 10 minutes) home of boutique single origin wines, well known sculpture trail and cafe overlooking waterlillies. Brick Bay beach is shaded with mature pohutukawa trees and has a wide grassy reserve.

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