|TUHUA ISLAND (Mayor Island) New Zealand
off the Coromandel Peninsula...
The waters around Mayor Island hold some of the biggest
snapper, kingfish and gamefish
around. For that reason alone, boats that go there are usually full of happy anglers.
Mayor Island is actually closer to Whangamata than
it is Tauranga, and as such, the local charter fleet often head for its waters. The island
was "discovered" by Captain Cook on the date of the Lord Mayor's Day in London,
England - November 3rd, 1769. Consequently the name. The Aldermens, further to the north,
were named after the council members.
Obsidian, or Tuhua (which is the Maori name for the island) is a rich dark glasslike
volcanic rock prevalent on the island and had a multitude of uses by the Maori. The sites
of heavy fortifications testify to it's value.
The island is also a wildlife refuge, rich in birdlife and native bush, and many who have
visited there over the years have enjoyed its peaceful solitude. There is also magnificent
swimming to be had in the crystal clear waters of Sou' East Bay, where the old Gamefishing
headquarters were situated.