• Attractions
  • Auctions
  • Brokerage
  • Chandlery
  • Charter
  • Community Club Organisation
  • Cruises
  • Eating Out
  • Marina
  • Marine Services
  • Realty
  • Sailing Schools
  • Sightseeing
  • Watersports


Unique island location

  • enjoy a weekend break without roads or cars close to Auckland
  • sightseeing and fishing charters sail on a charter yacht
  • island holiday and cruising options Auckland New Zealand
  • magical combination of adventure, romance and cuisine
  • The perfect weekend destination so close to Auckland.

Dave and Helen look forward to welcoming you to their unique location on Kawau Island, Auckland, New Zealand. Take a special holiday break.

A 60 minute drive north of Auckland, and a short trip acrossin our comfortable boat “Dolphin Endeavour” from the seaside village of Sandspit, you will arrive at our private wharf in sheltered North Cove, Kawau Island.

Once you step ashore you will immediately feel the tranquillity and peacefulness of this wonderful island. You have no choice but to relax and enjoy the experience.

There are no roads on Kawau Island so the loudest sounds your will hear are the abundant native birds.

4 Star Kawau Lodge is the only Qualmark approved accommodation on Kawau Island. Our home overlooks one of the most sheltered anchorages in the Hauraki Gulf, North Island, New Zealand and is only accessible by water. Nestled in the bush above the harbour, Kawau Lodge has extensive water and bush views from the whole house. Our lodge is eco friendly and in harmony with nature and the surrounding wildlife. Your stay with us can be as relaxing or as busy as you want it to be. Just kick back and relax or chose from the many activities available on the Island Activities and Boating Options pages.

Kawau Lodge is the place to celebrate those special anniversaries or birthdays or to spend quality time with your special person. Overseas guests have said:

“What a wonderful way to finish a month’s holiday in a fantastic country. Many thanks.” David & Rosemary, Wales UK.

“This is one of the places that will make it incredibly hard going back home. We felt welcome the moment we laid foot on the jetty and it only got better after that”. Anna & Hilary, Italy
“What a find! This has been the perfect launch for our holiday in New Zealand. We’ll tell our friends in England”. Charlotte & Liz, UK

Lonely Planet 2003 lists New Zealand as No 1 travel destination.
New Zealand Voted 4th Most Peaceful Country in the World.

Alternatively you can arrive in your own boat which, depending on it’s size, can be moored safely alongside our floating pontoon or on our secure mooring.

In a Nutshell: Talk to us and we will tailor you an Island or Boating vacation to remember forever!


Take a trip in our comfortable boat to explore the area surrounding Kawau Island. Your trip can be as long or as short as you choose. Places to visit can include but are not limited to:

  • A circumnavigation of the island.
  • Bostaquet Bay- site of the infamous massacre in the 1700’s.
  • Coppermine – site of NZ’s first export industry started in 1844.
  • Moturekareka Isalnd – view the wreck of the “Rewa”, dinghy around or snorkel over the wreck.
  • Combine your cruise with a walk through the Conservation Reserve, which includes giant redwoods planted over 200 years ago. Walk from Coppermine or Schoolhouse through to Mansion House Bay.
  • Bon Accord Harbour – home to the historic Mansion House with park-like gardens and Governor Grey’s old homestead.
  • Stop off at a secluded beach for lunch and a swim.
  • Weather and season permitting, stop off for a fish on your way back to your lodge.