More info He pārongo atu anōVisit website
On the 80-ha island there are several walking options that are all manageable for most fitness levels. They’ll take you through beautiful bush, full of native birds including some endangered species which are kept safe thanks to the island’s predator-free status. Along the way you can cool off at one of four gorgeous enclosed bays that are ideal for swimming - or simply relaxing.
You can get to know more about the local ecology, wildlife and the restoration work being done here, by taking a guided walk with an island ranger. The tour takes 90 minutes and they set off every day at 11am - it’s best to book to ensure you get a spot. These passionate experts will also fill you in on the fascinating history of Rotoroa, which for many years housed New Zealand’s first and longest running addiction treatment centre. There’s also a great exhibition centre and museum, which shares stories of the island’s past, and some heritage buildings you can explore including an old jail, butchery and schoolhouse.
In terms of amenities, the island has a toilet block, a place to fill your water bottle and a small shop that sells ice creams and cold drinks before the ferry departs. You’ll need to bring your own food with you - and of course, take home any rubbish so the island stays pristine.
Location Te wāhi
Rotoroa IslandPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
There is a ferry service from the downtown terminal or you can arrive by private boat, water-taxi, charter ferry, kayak, helicopter or seaplane. On arrival an island ranger will come to meet you and run a quick biosecurity check on all visitors.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Bring along a snorkel and mask and you can dive in and get to know some of the local sea creatures too!.