Mansion House on Kawau Island Reserve
Image: DOC


This unique island paradise is packed with fun for the whole family! Take in the amazing views, enjoy a stroll through the forest, relax on the beach, try to spot a wallaby, explore the historic Mansion House or enjoy a break at the café.

Adventure time: 1 hr 30 min
Distance: 3 km loop
Travel: 65 km from central Auckland, 7 km from Matakana and Warkworth
Cost: Ferry fares


  • You’ll feel a world away from Auckland on Kawau Island. It’s the perfect day trip or an easy getaway if you're north of Auckland on holiday.
  • Set your imagination alight as you step back 150 years into the life of Sir George Grey’s Mansion House.
  • Keep your eyes peeled – Grey bought all sorts of weird and wonderful animals here such as the kiwi-lookalike weka, exotic peacocks and even wallabies from Australia. 

To get your medal

  1. Plan your visit to Kawau Island Historic Reserve. Check for facilities and alerts before you go.
  2. Download the adventure map (PDF, 525K).
  3. Go on your adventure and find the code word on the Kiwi Guardians post.
Claim your medal

Claim your medal using the code word for this adventure. Each Kiwi Guardians adventure has a different medal – see how many you can collect.

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