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Moturua & Motuarohia – Island Walking: CANCELLED


Sat 30 Sep 2017, 7:30am–3:30pm
Sun 1 Oct 2017, 7:30am–3:30pm

Where: Russell Bowling Club, 5 Church Street, Russell, Russell, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $90.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: steph9

Travel aboard the R Tucker Thompson, which is a total experience in itself. This amazing old tall ship with its fantastic crew is a real treat and a perfect way to travel to your destination in the Bay of Islands.
Sail past the place where Captain Cook anchored in 1769 just before we land barefooted on Motuarohia Island.
Hear some history of Cook, the firing of a cannon and the theft of kumara from the locals. Learn of the ghastly murder of the whole family of Robertons who farmed there. Re-join the ship for the short voyage to Moturua. More murders happened here, lots more. Stand where the French, under the command of Marian du Fresne set up their hospital and find out why he never sailed again, anywhere!

More murders to punish Maori for something they didn’t do. Not that lot anyway. See where the WW 11 Bay of Island mine field was operated from and the history of an alcoholic survivor in a Kentucky rest home Marvel, (or not) at stories of a Royal visit in 1974 as told by caretakers who survived it! Skirt around an early Maori midden from the 1300’s and imagine the human bones it contains. Do not dig for them! Visit the bay where the Clendon family farmed and find out how far some cattle can swim.
Observe the feathered wildlife, Saddlebacks, Tui, Fantails, Nth Island robin, (which is the latest release on the islands), and the very endangered dotterel who insist on nesting near the high tide mark which further endangers its existence. Be amazed at the 9 week survival story of the gallant hunted a mouse, who (thankfully) was eventually murdered too.

The views, lagoons, beaches and bush leave you breathless on every step of the journey. This day trip is truly entertaining with its stories and majestic in its beauty. A full day with some of the best the bay has to offer.

– 4 hours walking, 4 hours sailing.

- 5 km walking.

- Fairly hard.

- Family friendly.

All walks depart from the Russell Bowling Club in Russell. There are many walks to book on - so look at all the walks you can do over the 3 days. The walks are all guided and the guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the region.

Visit our website to see all the walks you can do.
For more on accommodation and what is on in the region - speak to Collette from Russell Information Centre: 0800 633 255 or (09) 403 8020 (Russell Office).