The Tōtaranui 250 Trust is working with DOC to provide new signage at Motuara Island. These signs
will be installed before November, 2019.
Motuara Island was significant for Māori.
At the southern tip of Motuara Island is smaller Hippa Island which was the site of a pre-European Māori pā.
The adjacent Ship Cove was where Māori first met pakeha on a sustained basis. Motuara Island was the location where, in 1770, James Cook proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island.
For more information visit : Motuara Scenic Reserve