Te Pahi Islands

Wairoa Bay, Bay Of Islands

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Wahi Tapu Area Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 9988 Date Entered 24th June 2010


Extent of List Entry

Extent of registration includes Te Pahi Islands, comprising the land described as Te Pahi Islands Blk (CT 523134, NZ Gazette 1981 p.728) and Island of Motu Apo (CT NA767/279, NZ Gazette 1981 p.905), North Auckland Land District.

City/District Council

Far North District


Northland Region

Legal description

Te Pahi Islands Blk (CT 523124, NZ Gazette 1981 p.728) and Island of Motu apo (CT NA767/279, NZ Gazette 1981 p.905), North Auckland Land District.

Location description

Te Pahi Islands consist of a cluster of rocky outcrops of a variable size, located some 50 metres to 1000 metres south of the Papuke headland, which separates the Wairoa and Rangihoua Bays. The group includes four reasonably substantial islands (including Motuapo and Te Pahi or Turtle Island) that retain vegetation and one smaller outlier (Motuterakihi). A number of rocks of varying size are interspersed between these. The two closest islands to the Papuke headland are Motuapo Island and Te Pahi Island. Motuapo is privately owned and contains a small modern house on a terrace near the summit of the island. Motuterahiki Island is located further to the south and east.


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Historical and associated iwi/hapu/whanau

Ngati Rehia Ngapuhi

Ngati Torehina Ngapuhi

Construction Dates

Public NZAA Number


Other Information

Ngati Torehina ki Mataka have drafted a hāpu environment management plan.

A fully referenced Registration Report is available from the Maori Heritage Team of the National Office in Wellington.

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.