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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The beaches on Rotorua Island are unpatrolled. Never swim or surf alone.