08 July 2011

Flying to Motu Kaikoura

Motu Kaikoura (Kaikoura Island or Selwyn Island ) is the seventh largest island in the Hauraki Gulf.  90kms north east of Auckland it is located on the western coast of Great Barrier Island where it forms the natural harbours of Port FitzRoy and Port Abercrombie. 

The island is protected as a Crown-owned reserve and managed by a Trust. It is home to the endangered brown teal and the north island kaka as well as many native trees and shrubs. At its nearest point Motu Kaikoura is as close as 80m to Great Barrier Island, across the 'Man-of-War Passage', and a similar distance from Nelson Island to the west.

Motu Kaikoura airstrip, September 2010. Photo : Jean210
There are no scheduled ferry or flight services to Motu Kaikoura. There is an airstrip is which is served on an on-demand charter basis by the Rodney Aero Club from Kaipara Flats with Cessna 172N ZK-EJR. Jean210 has sent me these photos of the 172 on Motu Kaikoura.

Rodney Aero Club's Cessna 172 ZK-EJR on Motu Kaikoura airstrip, September 2010. Photos : Jean210

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