Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary

Discover the rare beauty of one of New Zealand’s little-known treasures, Moutohorā (also known as Whale Island), home to some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds and reptiles.


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Moutohorā/Whale Island is a pest-free oasis that is home to a number of New Zealand’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles. Keep an eye out for a threatened tūturiwhatu/New Zealand dotterel, boisterous tīeke/North Island saddleback, Tuatara, or kākāriki/red-crowned parakeet as you journey through the regenerated native bush before you dig yourself a soothing geothermal spring pool at Onepū Bay, Moutohorā’s secluded hot water beach.

This is your opportunity to see New Zealand’s wildlife as nature intended it and shows what can be achieved when a concentrated effort on conservation is made, managed and protected.

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Physical address

15 The Strand East, Whakatane, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $119.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Further pricing information:
Our tours to Moutohorā operate exclusively on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays each week, however, they are subject to weather and demand. During the summer period tours may be available on other days of the week also, please refer to our website. Bookings are essential. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Cancellation policy:
Tours are weather dependent and each passenger will be contacted the evening prior to the tour to confirm departure. We do not have any cancellation penalties and passengers are free to cancel at anytime.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
11km to Whakatane Airport.
Proximity to coach terminal:
Proximity to town:

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Opening times

Business hours:
7am - 8pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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