Kawau Island – An Unpretentious Utopia

I've just returned from long weekend on Auckland's Kawau Island. It's a place to getaway from the crowds, from the traffic and from the stress of work. Great lodging, great food and wine and great fishing combine well. On 45 minutes from Downtown Auckland and a short ferry ride and you'll find yourself in another world.

Kawau Island I discovered is somewhat of rarity, an Island without roads. The small population who are permanent residents, about 45 people, rely on private jetties and a plethora of boats to get to and from their properties from wooden rowing dingys, inflatable tenders, large and small fishing boats to cruising catamarans.

I just stayed the weekend at Kawau Lodge, one of only two bed and breakfast options on the island. As I stepped onto their private jetty the owner Dave Jeffery and his wife Helen greeted me. It was time to settle in and relax. 


My plans were to do some hiking, some sightseeing, get out in a boat and do a spot of fishing, and enjoy some food and wine in the company of other guests, oh and the bonus was flying home in a seaplane - a hard life but someone had to do it.  For my full article pick up a copy of the June/July issue of Let's Travel Magazine.

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