Welcome to Moutohora (Whale Island)


Moutohora was once the site of a Ngāti Awa village but in 1867 it passed into European ownership. Since 1965 it has been a DOC-protected wildlife refuge for seabirds and shorebirds, and it's now completely predator free. In 1999, 40 tieke (the once-endangered North Island saddleback) were released; they now number around 1500. Fur seals are also frequently spotted.


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