Introduction

Horomaka Island is a place of special significance to the Māori of Koukourārata Runanga.

Facilities

This island has:

  • no wharf or safe mooring
  • no water supply
  • no toilet
  • no accommodation – the old hut on the island is not safe and is not available for overnight stays.

Nature and conservation

The island has a rocky shore and is long and thin, covered with pine trees, and has steep sides. It is about 400 m long and 20 m high, almost flat on top and is covered in deep loess soil. At its closest point, it's only 120 m from the mainland.

Wildlife

The island is popular with birds. Large numbers of Pied Shags nest and roost in the trees. White-faced heron, kingfisher, karoro (black -backed gull) and Canada Goose also nest on Horomaka Island. Riroriro (grey warbler) and Australasian Harrier (kahu) are frequent visitors. Also seen on the island are spotted shag, little shag, starling, blackbird and finches.

Native plants

There is very little native vegetation left on the island. Apart from extensive patches of native iceplant and spinach, there is a scattering of Ngaio, Pohuehue, vines, ferns and grasses.

History and culture

Horomaka Island has a long history.

According to legend, this small, rocky island provides shelter for a giant octopus that lives beneath. This octopus guards the coastline between Banks Peninsula and the Marlborough Sounds.

Read more about the history of Horomaka Island.

Getting there

The island can only be reached by boat. Puari is the closest settlement with the island just offshore.

The weather in the area can suddenly change. Be aware of the weather conditions at all times.

Know before you go

No open flames or open fires are allowed on this island due to fire risk.

If you find any archaeological sites or historic artefacts do not disturb them.

Do not eat on the island. This island is important to local Māori and to eat on this island denigrates the island's status.

Contacts

Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
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