Mansion House on Kawau Island
Image: Christine Cumiskey | DOC



Step back in time on a day trip to Kawau Island, where Sir George Grey, created a ‘gentlemen’s estate’. Visit Grey’s historic Mansion House and gardens, and walk easy tracks featuring Māori and colonial copper mining heritage sites.

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Surrounding the house and extending up the valley are exotic gardens established by Sir George Grey – a perfect place to relax with a picnic. If you feel like venturing farther, explore the track network and picnic at the lookout above Ladies Bay, or on Ladies Bay beach at low tide. The Coppermine lookout and Coppermine itself are great spots for taking a break, as is Dispute Cove.

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Kawau Island Historic Reserve
Phone:   +64 9 445 9142
Address:   5 Schoolhouse Bay Road Kawau Island 0920
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