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Coastguard trip to Kawau Island

Tues December 1st 2009, Coast Guard Cruise to Kawau from Auckland ferry terminal, depart 17:30 arrive back about 22:00. The cost was $40 each (excellent value). On board there was an all trip barbecue, sandwiches and booze could be bought. Our group took pinics and bought a glass of wine, if you are lucky this will be a magic glass that keeps refilling itself!

Apologies for the quality of images, but the light was fading and boats rock.

Last year we did the Coromandel trip and so this year it was Kawau.

From the Kawau Website

SEE ALSO:Islands of the Hauraki Gulf

Kawau Island is one of the larger islands that make up the Hauraki Gulf and can be found 8kms off the coast about 45 km north of Auckland. The climate is sub-tropical with majority of the island covered in bush, mainly Kanuka, Manuka and Pohutukawa but there are also excellent stands of Puriri and Kauri plus many more pockets of other native species.

The island covers an area of approximately 5000 acres, is 8km by 5km at its longest axes, and is almost bisected by the long inlet of Bon Accord Harbour which is geologically a “drowned valley”. The island has remained largely in private ownership except for around 10% which is owned by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and this includes the famous Mansion House in Mansion House Bay. Access to the island is by boat and ferry and water taxis travel daily from Sandspit, near Warkworth, about one and a half hour’s drive from Auckland.

The island has a small population of permanent residents and many holiday dwellings, and is a popular destination for pleasure craft cruising the Hauraki Gulf. The crystal clear waters of Kawau Bay are a paradise for fishing and sailing and there are many sheltered anchorages for boaties.

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