Moutohora: Island Sanctuary

A guided nature walk followed by a visit to the island’s Pohutukawa lined hot water beach where you can take a dip or dig in the sand and create your own hot pool.

Take a short boat ride to visit the stunning island of Moutohora (also known as Whale Island). Moutohora is one of New Zealand's little known treasures and home to a number of New Zealand's rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles.

Due to the precious nature of this pest free island access is highly restricted to the general public and the only way to visit the island is with a Department of Conservation approved concessionaire. We are privileged to be allowed to take a small number of visitors to the island each day. Sitting only 9 kilometres off the coast of Whakatane the journey to Moutohora is just a short 15 minute boat ride aboard our comfortable catamaran "The Moutohora Cat".  The Moutohora Cat allows for very easy access onto the island as it is able to nose onto the shore allowing you to descend a set of stairs directly onto the beach.The fully guided tour of the island allows visitors to learn about the flora and fauna and the conservation effort focused on Moutohora for the past 50 years. The island is a bird lover's paradise, with the opportunity to see saddleback/tieke, kakariki/ red crowned parakeet, little brown kiwi, bellbirds, tui, grey warbler and many species of sea birds. We also visit the NZ fur seal colony for an up close look at these beautiful animals.

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