Kawau Island - Midworlder's album
Kawau Island is one of the larger islands in the Hauraki Gulf and is rich in history. The island was once a busy mining settlement until in 1862 it was purchased by Sir George Grey, the Governor of New Zealand, who made it his home until 1888. He developed the stately Mansion House and imported plants and animals from around the world for its exotic gardens which still exist today. The house and the historic copper mine are now popular visitor attractions, walks on Kawau range in length from half an hour to several hours' duration, and are mostly easy walking. Many of the routes follow old nineteenth century paths originating from Mansion House Valley.