Moutohora Island
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Moutohora Island
Moutohora Island

Nine kilometers (5.5 miles) off the coast from Whakatane, Moutohora (also known as Whale Island) was carefully cleared of pests and predators to create a sanctuary for wildlife and an area of thriving biodiversity. There are more than 200 plant species here, both native and introduced, and many notable bird colonies, including grey-faced petrels, New Zealand dotterels and sooty shearwaters. In summer, orcas, pilot whales and even blue whales frequent the waters, along with large pods of common and bottlenose dolphins.

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