I have been wanting to get to Motuora Island for some time. Finally with good weather forecast, essential for the beach landing, I set off for Sandspit before sun-up to meet up with others including people from the Motuora Restoration Society for the 8am sailing.
This island is pest free so encouraging the translocation and introduction of many native species. Kiwi, whiteheads and skinks are already here.
Its another beautiful island and we are rather spoilt for choice living close to the Hauraki Gulf. The Department of Conservation (DoC) in close association with voluntary organisations are working so hard on projects to restore these islands to native species.
More images at http://creativemomentsimages.co.nz/library/motuoraAug2012