motuihe island

Motuihe Island Camp

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Hi all
Brendan (Keas Leader), Sol (Cubs Leader) and Marcel (Scouts Leader) – as well as other leaders and parent helpers are planning a group camp in January 2020.
Information below is subject to change at any time, and is placed here to serve as a guide!
Last updated: Dec 12th 2019 @ 12.49pm


Keas / Cubs: Three nights Sat 18th, 19th, 20th January 2020 leave Matiatia 9am – (old wharf)

Scouts: will likely come from 19th to 25th Jan


Child – $80
Adult – $50

This will cover –

  • transport (donation to coastguard)
  • Campground booking
  • Food
  • Fuel for BBQ and chase boat


How Do I Register to Join The Camp?

This camp is open to all registered Waiheke Sea Scouts / Cubs and Keas.

Please log into OSM for your child/ren and register your child as attending camp.  If you have any difficulty, please advise your troop Leader.

  1. Log in to OSM 
  2. Deposit – $30 per person to secure your booking ASAP.
    • Please pay via bank credit directly into 1st Waiheke Sea Scouts bank account
    • A/C number: 02-0108-0013102-000
    • Put “Motuihe Camp” and your child’s surname as the code/reference.
  3. Get involved in the planning – see below
  4. Get involved in Fundraising (if you want to reduce your costs) see below.



Motuihe Island
Motuihe Island – info from Doc website – click to view


Coastguard will provide transport for those not able to get there or sail (Marcel will be looking after the sailing Marcel’s details for sailing enquiries are phone 021 581 397)
Parking – please organise to be dropped off at the old wharf if going on coastguard boat. The Motuihe wharf is out of service so we will need to do a wet drop off the side of the boat.
this means that we will need to do a gear trip first with some adults – potentially the kids can do a Matiatia headland walk while this is happening.
We will also be asking Doc to meet us at the wharf to go over our gear as Motuihe is pest free

Adult to child ratio

rules that we have to abide by and also to make the camp fun for all
Age 5 to 8 years 2 children to 1 adult
Age 8 to 11 years 3 children to 1 adult
Age 11 to 14 years 4 to 1 adult
This means that if you can’t make the camp yourself your child may still be able to attend. As you can imagine this is a fairly big task to supervise kids for three nights so we want as many parents to come and have this experience.

Sleeping arrangements 

We will have strict rules around sleeping arrangements
  • Boys will share with other boys in tents
  • Girls will share with other girls in tents
  • Adults that have their own children will be able to share tents with their own children
  • Adults will have their own tents or share with other adults.


We will formulate a roster for tasks that need to be done such as cooking meals, the plan is to spread the load as much as possible.
Meals  – as cooking facilities are limited we will need to plan the meals well. please let us know of food allergies and or food type preference.
We still need to find out about some of the amenities on the island – Yes it has toilets but unsure of showers.
Rubbish – we will remove all our rubbish so take only what you are willing to take home with you.

Motuihe Island

Camping in tents – supply your own
Waiheke scouts will endeavour to supply mess and cooking tents.
No Pets allowed
No power – so bring torches ( we will also need to borrow some chilly bins)
No Fires – so cooking will be done by gas BBQ
Water  – we will have to find out if the water is drinkable or not

Things to do: 

Sol, Dan, Lexi will put together a program of events to do each day.  These are in progress but will include some or all of the following;
  • Orienteering
  • Walks
  • Games
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
We are contacting the ranger on the Island to see if we can go Kiwi watching at night.
We would like to have as much beach time as possible so bring your togs and beach gear


We would like to do some BBQ fundraising to reduce the costs – If we can book in a BBQ or two at countdown it will be the people that make it and put time in the get the discounts.
If you can volunteer for fundraising, please let us know

What do we need from those attending

Most of this can be done via the OSM site.

Names of:
A signed form for each child (even if parents attending)
Deposit ($30each)
Food preferences/allergies
Shared travel to Matiatia etc – do you need a ride?

Further Group Meetings & Planning

Further details and updates will be communicated as and when so please keep checking this page