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Kawau Island is an island in the Hauraki Gulf, close to the north-eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand. At its closest point it lies 1.4km off the coast of the North Auckland Peninsula, just south of Tawharanui Peninsula, and about 8km by sea journey from Sandspit Wharf, and shelters Kawau Bay to the north-east of Warkworth. It is 40km north of Auckland. Mansion House in the Kawau Island Historic Reserve is an important historic tourist attraction. Almost every property on the Island relies on direct access to the sea. There are only two short roads serving settlements at Schoolhouse Bay and South Cove, and most people have private wharves for access to their front door steps.The island is named after the Māori word for the shag (cormorant) bird.A regular ferry service operates to the island from Sandspit Wharf on the mainland, as do water taxi services.GeographyThe island is 8by at its longest axes, and is almost bisected by the long inlet of Bon Accord Harbour which is geologically a "drowned valley". The sheltered location of the bay has made it a favourite stop for yachts for more than a century.Plan how to spend your time in Kawau Island and other destinations in New Zealand using our New Zealand vacation planner.
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