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The most prominent island, located 35 kilometres off the coast of Tauranga, is Tuhua (Mayor Island).

This dormant volcano has been largely protected from the public, so those who do get to visit can really experience something special. 

The northern end of the island is a marine reserve, making it a perfect spot for snorkelling and diving. The warm ocean currents bring plenty of subtropical species.

Those with permission to land on the island can enjoy hiking through the island’s pōhutukawa forest and, if time allows, climb to the highest peak at 355 metres above sea level.

The island is pest-free and home to an array of native birds, including bellbirds, tui, kākā, kākāriki karaka, brown kiwi, and plenty more!


Department of Conservation information