Rotoroa Island

Rotoroa Island, Auckland: Hours, Address, Rotoroa Island Reviews: 5/5

Rotoroa Island
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Closed to the public for nearly 100 years, Rotoroa Island is now a sanctuary for wildlife and home to endangered native species including kiwi, tieke, takahe, pateke and skinks. Just over an hour from downtown Auckland, this beautiful and unique island warmly welcomes you to reconnect with nature. Come and see endangered species in their natural habitat, and learn about our ongoing efforts to protect them. Visit our award-winning museum and exhibition, and learn all about our fascinating history. Hiking, swimming, volunteering and fishing; on Rotoroa Island there's something for everyone.
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Larissa K
Auckland, New Zealand60 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Great place to visit. I had never been here before and I did a day trip here and it was awesome. There is accommodation available if you want to stay (needs to be booked in advance). Lots of different options to swim, lots of walks, even ice blocks for sale. Decent boat trip as Rotoroa is behind Waiheke if coming from Auckland. Overall would come back again, recommended.
Written 31 January 2022
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Hi Larissa, thanks so much for sharing your experience visiting Rotoroa Island - thrilled to hear you enjoyed it and we hope to welcome you back soon. best wishes from the Rotoroa Island team
Written 3 March 2022
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kiwijokers
Auckland, New Zealand349 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
A group of 12 of us had booked to stay.
Paid a deposit on time and kept in touch with bookings.
Then when it came time for us to go we were in lockdown and so they couldn’t take us.
We cancelled knowing this.
So they decided they’d rub salt in the wound and also charge us a cancellation fee.
This is unfair as they weren’t allowed to take us anyway.
I’ve emailed several times to dispute this but no luck.
We just think that’s pretty poor.
Written 28 January 2022
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Hi kiwijokers, i'm sorry to hear this was your experience. We appreciate that things can change so offer guests the chance to reschedule their booking if affected by covid. We'll take a look at what happened and come back to you directly.
Written 3 March 2022
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niki
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Dec 2021
Rotoroa Island is an absolutely magical island, a private paradise that is just over an hour’s wonderful boat trip from Auckland. If you are fortunate enough to be able to stay in one of the fab houses, you’ll feel you’ve been treated to an amazing, priceless and soul renewing experience. How lucky we are to have such a gem gifted by Philanthropists Neal and Annette Plowman - to give Aucklanders access to the island. New Zealand at its best!
Written 8 January 2022
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Thanks for your generous recount of your experience on Rotoroa, 'soul renewing' is a beautiful description. And we agree, the gift for public to access the island sanctuary is a wonderful act of philanthropy. We hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes from the Rotoroa Island trust team
Written 3 March 2022
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502margo12
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Jan 2022
What a treasure this island is and so close to home. Millie and Glen do a great job, the accommodation is fabulous, so clean and has everything you could want, tastefully decorated too! It’s so quiet and peaceful you can’t help relax. The bush walks are manageable and the beaches stunning. The birdlife is so interesting, and searching out kiwis in the dark definitely an experience!
Written 7 January 2022
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What a fabulous recount of your experience, we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay - exploring the tracks and discovering the birdlife. Thank you for taking the time to share; we hope to welcome you back soon. Best, from the team on Rotoroa Island
Written 3 March 2022
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Lyn
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Dec 2020
Great accommodation and lovely walks around Island. Saw baby Kiwi released which was very exciting to see up close and then to hear them at night, A very interesting and educational trip.
Written 3 July 2021
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Jacqui B
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
May 2021
What an amazing place!!! We stayed for 3 days and could have quite happily stayed longer.
Milly & Glen are fantastic hosts, extremely helpful, full of knowledge regarding the history and wildlife that the Island has on offer. I'm very grateful for the experience :-) and thoroughly recommend !!!!
Written 1 June 2021
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Wendy R
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Apr 2021
I’d been to Rotoroa island on a day trip and loved the mixture of history, bird
Life, conservation, walks and beautiful beaches.We stayed in Mahoe cottage which had quirky 60s 70s decor and was immaculate, well stocked and warm. We heard kiwi and saw Saddleback, weka, Takahe etc from our windows. The ranger delivered our gear and took us on a tour.She was very passionate and well informed about the island and gave us clear instructions. We’ll be back and would recommend this piece of paradise to everyone.
Written 3 May 2021
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Rick S
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Apr 2021 • Family
Awesome hosts and great accommodation.
The whole experience was very memorable, amazing beaches and fabulous walking tracks.
Stunning to see the variety of bird life
Thanks again Rick
Written 21 April 2021
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Maddison2014
Auckland, New Zealand11 contributions
Mar 2021
Absolutely amazing. A total gem in our very own waters.

Accommodation was amazingly clean with gorgeous views and extremely well appointed.

We booked a guide to tell us about the Island and this is a must. Millie, our guide was passionate about the Island and its future and possibly the best Guide we have experienced.

We had booked for a longer stay but Fullers timetable didnt coincide which was a shame as we could have spent more time exploring.

This Island is a must see.
Written 24 March 2021
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GaryandLesleyTravel
Auckland Central, New Zealand4,993 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Leaving Auckland in the wake of the 60 minute ferry trip to beautiful Rotoroa induced a sense of calm and relaxation. The island managed and run by a trust has several easy walks to view points, and beaches suitable for swimming (Ladies bay has toilets, changing room and fresh water showers). With 400,000 natives being planted over a decade ago the island is being returned to its natural state. Staying the night allowed us to wake up to beautiful bird song and the sense we were a world away from the city. We booked and did the Guided walk (thank you Andrew) which was highly informative giving us a great account of the islands history and information of the the restoration project. The Weka, Saddlebacks, Tui and Fantails were easy enough to find the Takahe and Kiwi remained elusive. Several options for sleeping from booking a house to staying in the highly recommended Superintendents house (shared accommodation sleeping 18). If you are wanting to see a great range of birds then a day trip to Tiritiri Matangi is your best option, that said Rotoroa offers the chance to stay overnight listening and looking for Kiwi and has great history and is a real time restoration project. Thank you to all those involved allowing us the opportunity to visit.
Written 14 March 2021
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