Leisure Island (Moturiki)

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Leisure Island (Moturiki)

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Leisure Island, also known as Moturiki, is a popular island located off Mount Maunganui Main Beach. This is a walk that is enjoyed by locals and holiday goers for its beautiful scenery, alternative views and much more.

Early Maori settlers lived throughout New Zealand. One of these places they settled was on Moturiki Island, building terraced pa.

In 1911, the Crown acquired the land and began a quarry to use the granite for building railway lines throughout the Bay of Plenty. The quarry lasted 12 years and created two major attractions, the Moturiki Blowhole and the Mount Maunganui Nature Reserve.

The island was once home to a Marineland Park aquarium. From 1966 to 1981, Leisure Island was a popular destination with swimming pools, bumper boats, a water slide, and a marine mammal attraction. Sadly, the island closed in 1990, but the former marine mammal attractions remain. In 2011, the islands were filled in and trees were planted. The former water fun park now serves as a beautiful walking track with a rocky landscape and fantastic scenery.

If you’re in Mount Maunganui and are looking for a short, exciting walk somewhere unique… Leisure Island may be just the walk you are looking for. Otherwise a more challenging experience would be theĀ Mt Maunganui Summit.

Accessed from a man-made land bridge, off of Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach, Moturiki island is well known for its blow hole on the far end of the island. The views are sought after both as a scenic walk and for photographers. The views you will get to enjoy overlook the Pacific Ocean, Mauao, Mount maunganui Beach and back along the coast toward Papamoa.

This short walk from Mount Main, taking 10-20 minutes to reach the blowhole, is widely used by people all over. Simply follow the well-marked track on, which is easily walked. At the end of the track, you will find yourself reaching a whole bunch of rocks protruding out from the ground. If you wish, you can scramble over them to enjoy one of the better vantage points.

You will also see people fishing from the rocks from time to time when the Tauranga tides are right. Leisure Island has become, over the years, a popular land based fishing spot in Mount Maunganui. It is well known to produce some great fishing experiences if you’re keen. Your catch will most likely consist of Kahawai, Snapper, John Dory & Kingfish.

The rocks that currently surround Moturiki Island have come to exist as a result of the quarry and the constant weathering creating lots of odd shapes and sizes. You will find among all the rocks many rock pools. These pools consist of barnacles, limpets, seashell creatures and more that thrive in the rock pools.

As you have read, Leisure Island is a wonderful place to visit while exploring ‘The Mount’. Take the kids along for a walk, as there is lots of fun to have. Splash about and enjoy the warm rock pools during the summer, but most of all, enjoy the adventure!
People throughout the Tauranga region have wished the local Tauranga City Council would do something unique with the popular island. As of today, the Tauranga City Council seem to not show any interest in developing the man made island any further, yet.

Leisure Island Quick Information

Location: Off Mount Maunganui Beach – Marine Parade, Moturiki Island, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Length of walk: Roughly 500m from the beach

Time Required: From Mt Maunganui beach to the end of Moturiki Island is about a 15 minute walk

Difficulty: Easy

Wheelchair Access: No

Will you get wet: No, unless you choose to splash around in a rock pool

Toilets: No

Dogs Allowed: No

Cellphone Reception: Yes

Track Quality: Nice, clean, clear tracks

Highlights: The scenery from Moturiki Island is absolutely beautiful. Gallery below.

Sunrise: If you love sunrises, be sure to be here one morning! View more of our top locations for sunrises in Tauranga.

Map and Directions for Leisure Island (Moturiki)

Leisure Island (Moturiki) Image Gallery

Take a look at the image gallery below of Leisure Island. The images showcase just how amazing Moturiki Island truly is. An excellent place for a walk while at The Mount.

View the below images of the surrounding areas and pathways. Within the images are Mauao, the Pacific Ocean, pathways and rocks alongside the island.

What are some things to do while here?

  • Soak in the scenery and fantastic views
  • Play in the rock pools on the side of the island
  • Go fishing off the rocks
  • Have a picnic

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