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Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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About Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour
Moutohorā is one of News Zealand’s little-known treasures and home to a number of New Zealand’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles. Located 9 kms off Whakatāne, the island is under the protection of the Department of Conservation (DOC) with access highly restricted. Departing from Whakatāne Wharf, the journey to Moutohorā is just a short 15-minute boat ride aboard our comfortable catamaran “The Moutohorā Cat”, designed to be able to nestle right onto the shore. Once ashore, the fully-guided tour allows visitors to learn about the island's unique flora and fauna, with is a chance to see a number of different species – including saddleback, red-crowned parakeet, little brown kiwi, tui – many of which are endangered or seldom seen on the New Zealand mainland. The tour includes a visit to Sulphur Bay where geothermal hot springs come up through the sand allowing for you to dig your own hot pool on the beach and ends with a circumnavigation of the island.
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Benefit from the wildlife-spotting skills of marine biologists on this small-group ecotour from the Picton waterfront. You’ll cruise to Motuara Island, a bird sanctuary in the Marlborough Sounds, and search the sheltered waters for wild dolphins along the way. See rare seabirds, marine mammals, and endangered land birds protected in their natural environment.
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Reviewed February 2, 2017

We throughly enjoyed our tour. We suggest as an improvement that the guides be coached in more knowledge of the Maori history of the island and the area and in pronunciation of the Maori names. Also as we were a small group - 7 adults...More

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Date of experience: January 2017
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WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2017

Hi hoddlejune, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour to Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us and welcome your feedback, which was most appreciated - thank you.

Reviewed February 2, 2017

What a great day. I have wanted to go to Moutohora for years and finally it is so easy to go on a guided tour. The scenery and wild life is amazing - I've never scene so many saddlebacks. The guide is extremely knowledgeable, helpful...More

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Date of experience: January 2017
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WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2017

Hi dellb464, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us and thank you for the kind recommendation.

Reviewed January 29, 2017

Local Whakatane friends booked this trip when we visited recently. We new very little about Moutohora prior to going but certainly came back with a wealth of knowledge. Thanks to Fiona and Simone, two young ladies who were our tour guides and who really new...More

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Date of experience: January 2017
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WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2017

Hi hamnparry, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. Fiona & Simone will be pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Moutohora Island Sanctuary, and that you found the tour to be so educational. We very much appreciate you sharing...More

Reviewed January 29, 2017

Interesting tour with lovely and knowledgeable guides on a fantastic island with great nature. Absolutely recommendable for everyone who is interested in nature.

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Date of experience: January 2017
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WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2017

Hi Richard J, We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour to Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us, and thank you for taking the time to post your review.

Reviewed January 25, 2017

Fun and informative trip. Skipper and staff made it a memorable day. Highly recommend the tour. Thanks.

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Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Ted59590
WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2017

Hi Ted59590, We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit to Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us, and thank you for taking the time to post your review.

Reviewed January 16, 2017

Travelled to the island with my teenage daughter on Friday 6th Jan 2017 and was impressed from start to finish! Friendly, professional staff both in the booking office through to the travel guide and skipper. The trip over was smooth and quick (only about 10-15...More

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Date of experience: January 2017
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WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2017

Hi Jaygurr70, We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us, and thank you for taking the time to post your review!

Reviewed January 12, 2017

I have a lovely day with a wonderful guide - on the Island. It was my first time to go over to the island and I learnt a lot. Loved seeing and hearing the call of the saddleback, seeing a tuatara and geckos. Loved swimming...More

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Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Ruth G
WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2017

Hi Ruth G, We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us and thank you for taking the time to leave this review and share your experience. All the best for 2017!

Reviewed January 10, 2017

I really appreciated the bio-security check before setting foot on to the boat. The ride over was short but very lovely. Going on to the beautiful pest free island was fun. The walk and interpretation given by the guide was also very good (pronunciation of...More

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Date of experience: December 2016
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WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2017

Hi atamirat2017, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your tour of Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us, and in particular, that you appreciated our biosecurity efforts. We're passionate about maintaining Moutohora's 'Pest-free' status and...More

Reviewed January 9, 2017

Brilliant. Wonderful trip. Informative guides. Good pace for mixed group from 8-80 years. Well organised. Great care taken of us and the island. Much to tell friends about.More

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Date of experience: December 2016
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WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post your review greenawayalison, it is most appreciated. We were happy to read that you had such a wonderful time visiting Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us and that you intend to tell your friends about it! All the...More

Reviewed January 8, 2017

Was lucky enough to have amazing sunny day! Sulphur bay - no words- WOW!!!! It's worth to see this place

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Date of experience: January 2017
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WITManagement, Manager at Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2017

Hi datorinslv, We appreciate you taking the time to post your review and share you experience. Sulphur Bay definitely is unique and we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour of Moutohora Island Sanctuary with us. All the best for 2017!

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AS long as you have a sunny day with calm seas you'll be fine!
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