Reid Homestead, situated at the northern end of Home Bay, was built in 1901 and has remained a stable landmark amidst more than a century of social change.
The Motutapu Restoration Trust restored the Reid Homestead from a derelict building in 2008, including repainting it in its original colours. It is now a visitor centre with informative displays. Coupled with the Trust’s restoration of the Home Bay wharf (which was closed following the 1995 Cave Creek disaster), the Homestead ensures visitors are provided with a great facility from which to explore the island or to embark on conservation activities.
The Homestead is often open on public holidays and during summer. Snacks, ice creams and drinks are available for purchase.
The Home Bay Campsite is 5 minutes' walk from the Home Bay wharf, 90 minutes' walk from Rangitoto’s Islington Bay or approximately 3 hours from the Rangitoto wharf. It has basic facilities – toilets and potable water but 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. See the DOC website for more details.
The Centre, located at Administration Bay, is a restricted area not generally open to the public. It sleeps approximately 180 in bunkhouse accommodation. There is also a lodge with 34 beds, a small conference room and a cottage which sleeps 11. The MOEC website provides full information on their facilities.
There are many disused military sites on the island including a battery of three 6 inch guns and anti-aircraft, machinegun, radar and searchlight installations.