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A story of salvation

In search of some respite? Rotoroa knows how to do that.
The story of Rotoroa Island sanctuary is one of refuge, renewal and restoration. This little island, closed to the public for nearly 100 years, was home for recovering alcoholics on a rehabilitation programme run by The Salvation Army. The programme saw about 12,000 people helped.
Since the disestablishment of this programme, due to the change in lifestyle people have in the 21st century, The Rotoroa Island Trust has been established and tireless conservation efforts have since been ongoing, with the help of the department of conservation and volunteers.
Once a sanctuary for people, now a sanctuary for wildlife and native plant species. Rotoroa run breeding programmes for three endangered bird species, including our icon, the brown Kiwi, also Takahē and Pāteke.
As you can so clearly see, this special little pocket is both honourable and beautiful to visit and support. On arrival pick up a free eco-system guide. With this you’ll be able to refer to it and recognise the ecological gems in front of you! Another incredible opportunity here is seeing kiwi released – keep a look about for the release dates and be sure not to miss the next one.
There are regular volunteering spots always available, pick one up or put yourself on the roster to be part of the family.

Boatie from Rotoroa Island

A day of eco-adventure

This might be a small island but there are plenty of things to do! Hiking around the island is a must – the Southern Loop track and North Tower Loop track are the main tracks of which will give you lots of opportunity to view the precious wildlife, appreciate the regenerating forest and spot all kinds of native birds – use your eco-system guide! Not stopping there, this lovely island will give you sweeping views over the Hauraki Gulf as well as plenty of space to drop of fishing line, explore the island for one (or more) of its pristine beaches and cool off in the refreshing waters. Pack a picnic and relax on the regenerative and forgiving, Rotoroa Island sanctuary.

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