Motutapu, the sacred island, is one of the many lovely islands that dot the Hauraki Gulf. Situated alongside and joined by causeway to Rangitoto, Auckland’s iconic volcanic cone backdrop, Motutapu dates back to the Jurassic period, 175 million years ago and is one of the oldest islands in the Gulf. Its upstart neighbour erupted out of the sea only 600 years ago.

Motutapu is fast becoming the walking mecca of the Hauraki Gulf. The Rotary Centennial Loop Track is a 2 hour loop walk that takes visitors through the fabulous volunteer planted native forest. Over 500,000 trees have been planted over the 26 years of the Trust operations. The Loop includes a ridgeline section affording superb views of the Inner Hauraki Gulf. Since the pest eradication project of 2009, the birdsong of the translocated and returning native bird species can be enjoyed throughout this walk.

This walk can be extended to take in the WWII Military sites at Northern Junction. A full day walk can include a visit to Billy Goat Point, the northernmost part of the island and a picnic/swim at Sandy Bay.