Our Unique Location

The Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp is located on land administered by the Department of Conservation (the NZ government organisation in charge of protecting our natural and historic heritage and managing all conservation areas within New Zealand boundaries). We are fortunate enough to be a part of an environment that is spectacular and unique. From bush growing on top of lava filled landscapes to the ocean filled with an array of marine life, the land and coast surrounding the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp offers people of all interests something to explore. Along with other island users such as the Motutapu Restoration Trust and Motutapu Farms Ltd, our organisation endeavours to ensure that this unique environment encompassing both the land and sea is preserved. As an organisation we strive to be environmentally aware in everything that we do, including passing on information to all our guests and encouraging conservation wherever possible.

The two adjoining islands of Rangitoto and Motutapu are a Recreation Reserve and part of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park and have over 70 000 national and international visitors each year.

In the winter of 2009 both Rangitoto and Motutapu where a part of an ambitious pest eradication programme to rid the landscape of any remaining pests such as rats, mice, stoats, rabbits, cats and hedgehogs. It was the largest land mass that DoC had every attempted to eradicate and due to the hard work of many people, it has now joined the ranks of other established "Treasure Islands" within the Hauraki Gulf such as Tiritiri Matangi and Motuihe, to form a green belt for New Zealand's native birds to thrive in a safe pest free environment. The effects of the eradication can be heard in the ever growing dawn chorus and in the winter of 2011 the first of the endangered many birds species (Takahe adn Teike- saddleback) that will eventually call Rangitoto and Motutapu home, where released.

In order to assist the Department of Conservation in their efforts to maintain a pest free environment please take the time to read and adhere to the bio-security measures as outlined under  Bio-Security Considerations. It is important that these measure are followed by all visitors to mitigate the negative effects that a infestation of any pest back to the islands would have on the hard work and progress that has gone into establishing Rangitoto and Motutapu as "Treasure Islands."