Bare Island (New Zealand)
|Area||15 ha (37 acres)|
|Highest elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
Bare Island, also known as Motu-O-Kura (or "the Island of Kura" in Māori), is a small island located in the Pacific Ocean in the southern Hawke's Bay on the eastern North Island of New Zealand. It is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) off the North island coast, near Waimarama, 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of Cape Kidnappers.
On the south-west side of the island, there is an aquifer exuding fresh water (called Nga Puhake-o-te-ora or "the burp of life"). From the shore Motuokura is bare, but from the seaward side, there is enough cover to provide resting sites for blue penguins and sooty shearwaters.
When Jules Dumont d'Urville sailed past in 1827 he reported houses and boats on the seaward side.
The legend of Motu-O-Kura
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