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Kawau Island General Information

Localisation

History 

Mansion House on Kawau Island was originally settled by early migrations of Maori people. From time to time tribes contested for the right to live on the island, which was eventually abandoned in the 1820s after a particularly bloody skirmish during the musket wars. A manganese mine was established on the island in the 1840s; shortly after, copper was discovered by accident. Fascinating ruins of the underground seashore copper mine, a pumping engine house and a small smelter remain today.

In 1862 the Island was purchased by one of New Zealand’s first governors, Sir George Grey, as a private residence. He employed architects to significantly extend the mine manager’s house to create the stately mansion that still stands today, fully restored in its sheltered sunny bay. In the valley behind the house, the governor created an extensive garden containing plants and animals from all over the world. The Kawau Island Historic Reserve was created to protect Sir George’s historic stately home in Mansion House Bay, which is open for viewing. Mansion House entrance fee is $4 and their phone no is 09 422 8882. Peaceful walking tracks lead through native forest to beaches, Maori Pa sites and old copper mine. Another walk takes you to a grove of large redwood trees. The magnificent house and park-like gardens are open to visitors, and colourful peacocks still strut the lawns.

Nearby

Other towns heading north from Auckland city and near Kawau Island by road:
· Warkworth (45 minutes)
· Wellsford (62 minutes)
· Orewa (30 minutes)

Other towns near Kawau Island by air:
· Kawau Island does not have an airport but Auckland Sea Planes fly out to the island email:     info@aucklandseaplanes.com or Phone 09 390 1121
· The nearest airport is in Auckland (88 minutes)

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