Beauty and Maori history wrapped in a love story and war sits in the heart of Lake Rotorua. Majestic Mokoia Island, has it all and is waiting for you to explore. Native flora, fauna and wildlife are in abundance, shown to you by a local guide. Stroll around this untouched sanctuary, taking a step back in time and feeling the presence of our Maori ancestors.
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 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.
Our Water Taxi is the most comfortable way to access and explore beautiful Mokoia Island. Designed with comfort in mind, our water taxi keeps you away from the spray and quickly transports you to Mokoia Island. With indoor seating for up to 30 guests and a stable, twin-hull catamaran design, Mokoia Island is now within leisurely, comfortable reach for all.
Set foot on Mokoia Island where a guided tour awaits. Uncover the beauty and Maori history wrapped in a love story and war. From bird watching, geothermal pools and strolling through the nature, Mokoia Island has it all.
A PERCENTAGE OF EACH FARE IS PAID TO THE MOKOIA ISLAND TRUST
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.