Kapowai Bay

This very small bay gives good shelter from tide and wind from SE to W to NE. The bay is not particularly deep and it is best to anchor near the wharf. The northern end of the bay is shallow and suitable for boats of no more than 1 m draft.

The northern eastern entrance of the bay should be given a reasonable clearance to avoid rocks. There is a light on a white tower marking the western entrance to the bay. The bay is the terminus of the roads on D’Urville Island and has a wharf, launching ramp and fresh water hose. 


Kapowai means dragonfly in English.

Between the 1860s and 1870s a whaler named Smith lived here with his Māori wife.1


1. Olive Baldwin, Story of New Zealand’s French Pass and d’Urville Island (Plimmerton: Fields Publishing House, 1979) 131.

Rocks/reef/sand bank warnings