Mayor Island (Tuhua) Tours
Join the crew from White Island Tours for an exciting expedition to visit Mayor Island (Tuhua). Mayor Island is a dormant volcano clad in bush with a distinct caldera crater at its centre. A wildlife refuge since 1953 it is home to many native bird species such as tui, bellbirds, wood pigeons, kaka and grey warbler.
The day will begin with a two hour cruise to Mayor Island aboard the Moutohora Cat. Travel along the Bay of Plenty coastline and past some of the other offshore islands such as Moutohora, Rurima, Motunau and Motiti.
On arrival at Mayor Island visitors undergo a biosecurity check to ensure that pests such as rats and mice are prevented from accessing the island.
There are many walks available. For the adventurous we have a guided option to visit to the floor of the crater using the “devil’s staircase” - a real "must do." Those that prefer an easier walk can hike around the crater rim or take one of other shorter walks. You may even prefer just to enjoy a day on the beach, the choice is yours.
After rejoining the boat we’ll get underway for the return trip to Whakatane, hopefully getting the chance to view some of the Bay’s abundant marine life on the way.
This is a full day excursion with departure from Whakatane at 7am and returning 6pm.
Next trip: Saturday, 5 March 2016
The Moutohora Cat
The Moutohora Cat is a boat built to get places fast and comfortably. Driven by twin 350 horse power V8 outboards the Cat has the ability to reach Mayor Island in just two hours. Inside The Cat there is a galley, seating for 27 passengers. Outside there is additional covered seating. The Moutohora Cat has a toilet aboard.
- Bookings are essential.
- Children must be a minimum of 8 years of age.
- Tours are demand and weather dependent. Should bad weather prevent the tour operating we will arrange back up dates where possible. We will confirm with you between 7pm and 8pm the night prior whether the tour is able to operate.
- Check-in is at White Island Rendezvous, 15 The Strand East, Whakatane. Check-in is required 30 minutes prior to your advised departure time.
- Mayor Island is a pest free island and a biosecurity clearance check is required on arrival at the island. Please see below for further details.
What to Bring
- Warm clothing for the boat ride and walk on the island
- Sturdy footwear for the walk. Sneakers/sand shoes are perfect. Jandals/thongs/flip flops are not suitable.
- Small backpack - biosecurity guidelines require all bags to be closable by zip. Drawstring and open bags are not suitable.
- Swimwear and towel (optional, should you wish to swim at the landing bay)
- Sun protection – hat and sunscreen
Protecting Mayor Island
- Mayor Island is rodent and predator free. To keep it this way it is important for us to enforce strict bio-security checks on behalf of the Department of Conservation.
- Before arriving for your tour please check clothing, bags and shoes for soil and seeds. This is to prevent weed species becoming established on Mayor Island.
- Backpacks and bags must be able to be sealed closed with a zip or similar device. Open bags are not permitted.
- Only packaged food is permitted on the island. No fruit or home grown produce is allowed. Food may be taken aboard the boat but must be in a sealed container or commercially packaged. A packed lunch and morning tea are supplied as part of the tour.
- On arrival at Mayor Island a representative of the island's owners will carry out the biosecurity process. You may be required to un-pack any bag you may have. Footwear may also be inspected.
- Due to fire risk please do not bring matches or lighters on the tour. Smoking is not permitted on the island or on the boat.
- All items taken to the island must be removed again.