Conservation on Rotoroa Island

Closed to the public for nearly 100 years, Rotoroa Island was once a place of sanctuary for people recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Today, the Rotoroa Island Trust is working with the Department of Conservation to continue this legacy of sanctuary and renewal.

Rotoroa’s conservation philosophy is simple ‘Back to basics’. Building on the knowledge of other restored islands in Tikapa Moana (the Hauraki Gulf) – we know that our native species are very resilient and adaptable. If their key threats – predators - are removed, our taonga species will thrive.


Rotoroa has become another link in the Gulf Island chain of safe havens for many species of native plants and animals

Rotoroa Wildlife

As Rotoroa's ecosystems are restored, they have naturally attracted species from neighbouring...

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Help us protect our native species - STOP and CHECK before you go!

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Planting Programme

Our planting is a combination of revegetation with some artistic licence

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Coastal Planting

A coastal planting programme aimed at halting shore erosion

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Translocated Species

Species that have been translocated to Rotoroa

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The first breeding pair of takahē were released on Rotoroa Island in May 2015

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Rotoroa Island is a creche site for kiwi chicks

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Pāteke are among New Zealand's most endangered birds

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New Zealand has a diverse range of native lizards

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Volunteering on Rotoroa Island

Check out the volunteer opportunities on our island sanctuary

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