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Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences

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The ULTIMATE Island Experience

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The ULTIMATE Island Experience - Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences.

Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences

Duration 2½ hours
Departs from the Rotorua Lakefront at 9:30am or 2pm daily

• Cruise in comfort on luxury passenger fast cat - the 'WAI ORA' or the Lakeland Queen.

• Experience a guided tour and share with you our history and culture while the 'magic' that is Mokoia Island embraces you.

• See and learn about the flora and fauna of New Zealand's largest inland Island Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the Kiwi, Saddleback and Weka.

• Be amazed at the knowledge of the Maori about their environment - indigenous food sources, healing herbs and utility resources.

• Soak and soothe the feet in Hinemoa's hot pool while hearing the legend of New Zealand's famous 'Forbidden Love Story', Maori's own 'Romeo and Juliet'.

Infants 0 – 4 years free of charge but does not apply to preschool, kindergarten, Kohanga reo or infant group bookings for any services offered.
Child age: 5-15 years old.

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It is a privilege to welcome you to the sacred island of our Te Arawa people – Mokoia Island. This mysterious island in the heart of Lake Rotorua is steeped in cultural history. It is an iconic Rotorua landmark dating back to 1350 AD. Learn about Mokoia's tribal history and the epic journey to this special place...

Wai Ora Experiences offers a series of unique visitor experiences on Mokoia Island. These include guided tours, bird watching, indigenous food tasting, educational programmes, weddings, incentives and conferences.

Take a boat cruise on Rotorua's newest luxury fast cat - the 'Wai Ora' or aboard our 'Wai Ora Jet Boat' and experience the warmth of Maori culture and a traditional welcome. Take a native bush walk and learn about the native flora and fauna. Enjoy a hot soak in Hinemoa's Pool and learn about Maori legends like the famous love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai, New Zealand's own Romeo and Juliet.

Mokoia Island is a sanctuary for many of New Zealand's endangered wildlife and rare New Zealand birds and we can arrange for you to plant your own tree to commemorate your visit and help us to replant native species on the island.

Mokoia Island is also a popular gathering spot for functions, meetings, team building exercises, and weddings. We are able to cater for locals, tourists, school field trips, conferences and large groups.