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Island in the Sun: Motuihe Island

Motuihe Island lies between Motutapu and Waiheke islands in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, near Auckland. It's remote, uninhabited, and in summertime, a wonderful place to visit to get away from the city.

Walking back to the beach from the jetty at Motuihe Island.

Motuihe Island is a recreational reserve maintained by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC). It is a stunningly beautiful place for a day trip. It is very small, being only 400 acres and has a wonderful strip of beach around both sides. At one point, the island is only a few meters wide!

This path is only a few meters long and connects both sides of the island.

You can get there either by a 30-minute ferry trip from Auckland or if you are lucky enough, using your own boat.

The name comes from the Māori ‘Te Motu-a-Ihenga’, which means ’Ihenga’s Island’.

The island has an interesting history, it’s been used for farming, as a quarantine station for scarlet fever in the 1800 and 1900’s. In World War 2 it was used as a naval training base.

With all this history, interesting buildings have been left behind and it makes for a great place for a lomographer to lay in the sun and shoot interesting pictures. I used almost two rolls of film the last time I visited during one summer. An XPro Provia 100f and the superb Lomography extended-range redscale.

You can find out more about this location here

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written by adam_g2000

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