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The Mayor Island is a hilly island belonging to New Zealand . It is located eastward of the North Island, about 30 km from Whangamata . The Mayor Island is of volcanic origin, covered with bush. The biggest attraction on the island is obsidian - black volcanic glass created when hot lava poured into the sea. The Mayor Island has an approximately circular shape with a diameter of 4 km. Its highest point is the Opauhau Volcano, towering to the height of 354 m. The volcano has two lakes - the Green and the Black Lake, which are frequent destinations of visitors and photographers. There is an 18 km long hiking trail that intersects with many trails leading into the interior of the island. On the Mayor Island, we can find a camp site and tourist huts. The island offers excellent conditions for the lovers of sun and swimming at the beaches between sandy cliffs. There are also good conditions for fishing. We can see here tuna fish, giant trevallies and mako sharks. The north coast of the Mayor Island is a protected marine reserve. The best way to get to the Mayor Island is by boat from Whangamata or from Tauranga.

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GPS: -37.2855, 176.2602
Altitude: 133 m
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