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Cruises visiting Kawau Island & all Kawau Island cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Kawau Island in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at New Zealand Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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The island has a small population of permanent residents and many holiday dwellings, and is a popular destination for pleasure craft cruising the Hauraki Gulf. Most of the land is privately owned and covered in forest. Kawau is believed to have been the base for seaborne raiding Maori in the early 18th century and was used as a fishing base by Maori when gathering seafood. Manganese and copper were mined in the first years of European ownership until the island was bought by Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand, in 1862 as a private retreat. He extended the original copper mine manager's house (built 1845) to create the Mansion House, which still stands, and made the surrounding land into a botanical and zoological park, importing many plants and animals.

The house has been restored and furnished in the period of Governor Grey and is now in public ownership in the Kawau Island Historic Reserve and includes the old copper mine, believed to be the site of New Zealand's first underground metalliferous mining venture in 1844.