Motukorea (meaning “Oystercatcher Island”) but commonly known as Browns Island is one of Auckland’s best preserved volcanoes. It also has a fascinating history. The Island was strategically important to the Maori due to its position at the mouth of the Tamaki River. It was later purchased by early pioneers even before the establishment of Auckland for farming pigs to supply to the local Maori and the new settlement. There is still evidence on the Island of the early Maori and subsequent European occupation. FERGS launches this beautiful tour from St Heliers. With no ferry service, the Island can only be accessed by private boat or kayak.