The infamous Count von Luckner, dressed in a white suit, standing in the middle of a crowd
Photo courtesy of the Kronfeld Parr Family Collection

Fully booked Guided walk: Historic Motuihe Island

FreeCentral Auckland

Sunday 7 October, 9am-4pm


Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf

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Bookings are required

If travelling by ferry, ferry tickets must be booked with Fullers Ferries (not included in event) - visit

Contact Motuihe Island Trust:

0800 668 844


Event details

Since the 1870s Motuihe Island in the Waitematā Harbour has been a quarantine station, children's health camp, internment camp, naval training base and farm.

Its most colourful inhabitant was Count Felix von Luckner, a German imprisoned on Motuihe in the First World War. He made a daring escape by stealing the commandant's boat, was recaptured and returned to Motuihe in 1918. He was a great storyteller, later returning to New Zealand and contacting some of his captors.

Explore this beautiful island, with a guided tour of its rich history, displays, and a biodiversity walk. See where tuatara, kiwi and saddlebacks live in the wild, close to Auckland's CBD.

Brought to you by Motuihe Island Trust

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