Discover Rotoroa Island’s blend of stunning scenery and captivating history.
A hidden natural gem, the island is open to the public for the first time in 100 years. Catch the ferry from downtown Auckland and explore the island’s walking tracks, beautiful beaches and collection of historical buildings.
Step back in time
Visit the island’s old chapel, jail house and school house to discover the fascinating history of the island, which is now accessible to the public for the first time in over a century.
Find something old and something new
Wander through the state-of-the-art exhibition centre and museum, which reveal the stories of the island’s unique history as a former rehabilitation retreat.
Make a day of it
Make the most of the striking scenery with a swim and a picnic at one of the island’s four sandy beaches. You can even cook up lunch on one of the free barbecues.
Stretch your legs
Walk to the island’s cemetery and soak up the views of Ponui Island and the Hauraki Gulf or take a stroll to the landmark Chris Booth sculpture on the island’s southern headland.
Discover a rich social history, gorgeous beaches, walking trails, heritage buildings, and a state-of-the-art exhibition centre that unravels the island’s remarkable history. For 100 years this island was off limits to all but those going there for alcohol or drug rehabilitation in the care of the Salvation Army.
Just a 75-minute ferry trip from Auckland, these days Rotoroa Island’s many charms make it a wonderful day trip destination.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving. Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.
Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.