Welcome to Moutohora (Whale Island)
It's quite unusual for the English version of a Māori place name to be an exact translation but this volcanic island, 9km off the coast near Whakatane, really does look like a cartoon whale from certain angles. It's one of the less active members of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, although there are hot springs along its shore. The summit is 353m high and the island has several historic sites, including an ancient pā (fortified village) site, a quarry and a camp.
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