'Priceless' Motuketekete Island up for sale in once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Fancy owning your own private slice of heaven in the Hauraki Gulf? Well, you may be in luck.

For the first time in more than a century, Motuketekete Island off the northeastern coast of Auckland is officially up for sale.

Former National deputy leader Paula Bennett is one of the agents selling the 59-acre block of land that has 360-degree views of the picturesque Hauraki Gulf.

She said it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, given it's the first time it's been on the market since the early 1900s.

"It's been in the family for generations. The time is right for them to move on to something else in their lives. It's as simple as that," Bennett said.

Motuketekete Island is just 40 minutes by boat from Gulf Harbour. But if you're coming in by helicopter, it's less than 15 minutes from the Auckland CBD.

The island is predominantly pine with some native bush, but it wouldn't be complete without a quintessential Kiwi bach.

"It's so perfect for a Kiwi family that wants to see something in their family for generations," Bennett said.

Motuketekete Island.
Motuketekete Island. Photo credit: Newshub.

But the big question is how much it all costs - and Bennett said "it's priceless".

"You just don't get something like this coming along," she said. "It's exciting to have on the market and I think the price will sort itself out as we go."

The vendor is seeking expressions of interest. But with several neighbouring islands administered by the Department of Conservation, the vendor's not ruling that out either.

"We'd love to hear from the government and I know there'll be some private people out there that are looking at it that will want to partner, because you can really see that the island needs to be brought back to really native timber and native bush," Bennett said.

The island dream could soon be a reality for a lucky person, or perhaps a government department.