Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary

Visit an offshore wildlife refuge – Moutohorā (also known as Whale Island) Island Sanctuary, is home to some of NZ’s most endangered birds and reptiles. Take a guided walk, discover the island’s history and dig your own spa on the hot water beach.


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Take a short boat ride to visit one of NZ’s most restricted wildlife sanctuaries. Moutohorā (also known as Whale Island) is home to a number of endangered bird species such as the Saddleback, Kakariki (NZ parakeet), and the Little Brown Kiwi. It is also home to NZ’s living dinosaur, the Tuatara, and three other species of lizard. Visitors to the island will learn about the island’s cultural significance to the local Māori iwi which had a village based on the island in pre-European times. Along with spectacular views and beautiful flora, visitors can dig their own personal spa on the island’s secluded hot water beach.

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Physical address

Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary, 15 The Strand East, Whakatāne, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, 3120, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
6.30am - 9pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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Pricing and Conditions

Adult $99.00
(15 year(s) and under)
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Our tours to Moutohorā operate on a daily basis, however, are subject to weather and demand. Bookings are essential.

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