Moturiki Island Walk

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Moturiki Island (also know as Leisure Island) is just a short 500m walk from the best beach at Mount Maunganui in Tauranga.

We really enjoyed our short walk from Mount Maunganui’s main beach to the end of Moturiki Island. We crossed the man made sand bridge, don’t worry, you won’t get wet feet no matter what the tides are doing, there is plenty of sand to keep the sea at bay.

We just followed the path that basically runs right through the middle of Moturiki Island to the very end, where you can walk no further. We walked the length of Moturiki Island in around 15 mins, that’s if you didn’t stop and take photos and admire the views. I think it actually took us way more like 30mins to soak in all the amazing sights. 

Our walk on the well marked track took us through a bit of low bush arriving at a whole bunch of rocks poking out from the ground. If you’re keen, you can climb over them to enjoy a better view, we didn’t risk it, I’m not that good on my feet. There might be quite a few people fishing from the rocks it’s a good place to make a catch.

We were told to check out the blowhole at the end, but the tide wasn’t in far enough for there to be any excitement going on. We could clearly see the mountain of Mauao – that’s the big hill we typically call “Mount Maunganui” at the end of the peninsular. We’ve also done two terrific walks at the Mount, one right around the base and one to the very top at the summit, both excellent.

Quick Facts about our walk on Moturiki Island

  • Location: Mount Maunganui, North Island, New Zealand
  • Distance: 1 km
  • Time needed: 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 9m
  • Wet Feet: No, not even when the tide is in
  • Toilets: Yes – but not on the island only at Mount Maunganui
  • Dogs: No, with a $300 fine
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: Jan 2022

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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

2 thoughts on “Moturiki Island Walk”

  1. We came to do this walk with our dog, only to find that dogs aren’t allowed and there is a $300 fine. Disappointed not see this beautiful walk.

    1. Hi Dave, thanks so much for the update, I didn’t know that. I’ve changed the website now to show this.

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