TUHUA (MAYOR ISLAND)
The most prominent island, located 35km off the coast from Tauranga is Tuhua (Mayor Island). This dormant volcano has been largely protected from the public, so those who do get to visit really get to 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 pōhutakawa forest, and if time allows – hike to the highest peak at 355m above sea level.
The island is pest-free and home to an array of native birds, including bellbirds, tui, kaka, kakariki karaka, brown kiwi, and plenty more!