Mystical Mokoia Island is located in the middle of Lake Rotorua and is the site of one of our country’s most famous love stories and the home of some of our most notorious Maori warriors and tribes.
The Island is a wildlife sanctuary and is home to approximately 25 Kiwi, 5 endangered Species, 20 protected species and over 40 common species, which now call it home. The birds flourish in this predator free environment, filling the canopy with their songs.
The island’s foreshores are littered with natural, geothermal springs, including the famous Hinemoa’s Hot Pool. This hot water seeps into the lake providing swimmers and bathers with a very unique experience.
There are a number of walking tracks around the Island which wind their way up to the summit and a 360 degree unobstructed, breath-taking view of the surrounding area.
It is of particular interest to geographers as it is a Rhyolite Lava Dome rising up to 180 metres above the lake surface. This beautiful and tranquil Island features heavily in in many local stories and historical events of the past.
30 minute Jet boat tour of Lake Rotorua with a guided stopover on Mokoia island (approx: 30 mins) and includes the adrenalin famous Hamilton jet boat 360 degree spins.
A number of endangered species have been introduced to the Mokoia Island sanctuary including weka (wood hen), North Island robin (toutouwai) and saddleback (tieke). You may also see native birds such as the pukeko, papango, kokako and tui.
Hear the stories of Te Arawa iwi, the famous love story of Tutanekai and Hinemoa and the events that have shaped Rotorua into the cultural capital of New Zealand.
Soak your feet in the hot pools or enjoy a swim in the lake
All tours to the Island are accompanied by experienced tour guides that walk you through the birdlife, wildlife, cultural events, history and geography of the Island. This is one of the area’s most unique experiences, made even more exciting with the addition of the Jet Boat ride, to and from the Island.
This goes towards the development and maintenance of the island. The Island is managed in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and relies heavily on this income to sustain the Wildlife Sanctuary and preserve the habitat for future generations.
2.5 Hour Mokoia Island Experience: GROUP RATES
We have a special 2.5hr experience for groups only. Whether you have a school group, work social, cruise ship group or whatever where you can chose from a number of tracks that wind through various parts of the Island and up to the summit whilst being surrounded by wildlife, native bush and stunning scenery. – please contact our office directly for a quote.