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Your contact at Monkey Island: Tuatapere Information Centre
Contact number: +64 3 226 6739
Alternative contact number: +64

Address: Highway 99, just southeast of Orepuki.

Directions: From Tuatapere, watch for the sign for Monkey Island just past Orepuki. From Riverton, watch for the signs where Highway 99 reaches Te Waewae Bay.

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Monkey Island

Before the road from Riverton was formed, a slipway was built at the island so that boats (being the only means of delivering supplies) could be unloaded.

On the shore nearby in the late 1860s the township consisted of numerous homes, three stores, a hotel and a butcher's shop.
Today, Monkey Island is a pleasant camping and picnic spot surrounded by lush farmland.

a "Monkey Winch" was used to haul boats ashore and it is presumed that this is the reason it is called Monkey Island. the island is accessible at low tide.

Monkey Island is renowned for its magnificent sunsets. Nearby is an outstanding original homestead called 'The Turrests." Watch for the "Visitors Welcome" sign.

It is known by Ngai Tahu as Te Puka o Takitimu, or the anchor stone of the legendary Takitimu waka/canoe that was wrecked in Te Waewae Bay.

At low tide, Monkey Island can be reached by foot. A stairway leads to the top of the island, where there is a great view of the bay and the mountains of Fiordland. It's a great place for kids to enjoy the beach, but beware of incoming tides.

Camping, picnic and toilet facilities are available.



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