Reid Homestead, situated at the northern end of Home Bay, was built in 1901 and has for over a century remained a stable landmark amidst a century of social change.
The Motutapu Restoration Trust has restored the Reid Homestead, and repainted in its original colours. It is now a visitor centre with interpretive displays and DVDs. Coupled with the restoration of the Home Bay wharf, the Homestead ensures visitors are provided with an international-class facility from which to explore the island or to embark on conservation activities.
The Homestead is open on public volunteer Sundays (every second Sunday throughout the year), and often on Saturdays during summer. Snacks, ice creams and drinks are available for purchase.
The Home Bay Camp Site, 5 mins walk from the Home Bay wharf, 90 minutes walk from Rangitoto’s Islington Bay or approx 3 hours from Rangitoto wharf has basic facilities only – toilets and no showers. The campsite is adjacent to the beach so it is easily accessible by private vessels. This is the only campground on Rangitoto/Motutapu. Adults = $8.00 per night, children = $4.00.
The centre sleeps 180 in bunkhouse accommodation. There is also a lodge with 34 beds, a small conference room and a cottage which sleeps 11. They have a webpage which provides a lot more information on our neighbours at Administration Bay, click here: http://www.motutapucamp.org.nz/
MOEC Bookings: (09) 445-4486
There are many disused military sites on the island including a battery of 6 inch guns and anti-aircraft, machinegun, radar and searchlight installations.