"The best weekend away" A group of 11 of us spent the weekend at Rotoroa Island for my birthday recently. We booked the Superintendents House which sleeps up to 18. Luckily we had the place to ourselves. It is spacious, clean and very well stocked. We played games, cooked pizzas, read books, did jigsaws and lazed in the sun on the deck. A perfect spot for a large group. The island is just stunning. Gorgeous beaches, easy walks and regenerating native bush. The tieke/saddlebacks come right out to greet you as you wander along. We were followed around by curious piwakawaka. The kowhai were in full bloom and being enjoyed by tui and silvereyes. I can't wait to go in the summer and spend the day at Ladies Bay swimming and relaxing on the sand. I recommend taking ear plugs as the weka will keep you awake if you are light sleeper. The tour with the island hosts is well worth doing and we all learnt a lot.
Unbelievable...a must do for anyone loving our great outdoors and birdlife. Hoped off the ferry and was met by 4 Takahe...now it does not get any better than that. Well it did. Over the 2 days I was there I experienced wonderful bird-life, amazing native forest regeneration, pristine golden sandy beaches and spent time with the passionate guides and staff who enrich the island experience. To think that some very kind hearted and generous folks decided to make a difference to this island and put in a lot of energy and money to ensure all who wanted to could come and spend time on this lovely secluded Hauraki Gulf Island. Many thanks for such a wonderful experience. The birdlife is up there with Stewart Island's Ulva Island.....now that is saying something.
QCLodge, Queenstown, New Zealand
The island is an absolute treasure. Really appreciate the public access to the island. Magic to hear and see so many saddleback. A very impressive information centre, both for the informative display and stylish high quality finish of the building. We look forward to returning in the future to see the bush regeneration.
Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, Auckland
Hidden Gem in the Hauraki. We've been going on for awhile now and couldn't recommend Rotoroa more. Six of us went over last weekend for a boys overnight fishing trip. The Island is small enough to navigate around extremely easy and can be fished from any point and ledge. We stayed at the Superintendent's House which has a big kitchen area so we could all cook at the same time and not overcrowd each other, 2 BBQ's, Free Wifi, Filleting Station and plenty of space. If you're staying overnight you're met at the ferry by island caretakers who are extremely friendly and helpful and will take your gear to the accommodation and back to the ferry upon leaving.
Kiwi-Norm, Auckland, New Zealand
Weekend celebrations. 11 of us came over last Friday night and stayed at Serenity. We just had to bring all our food and beverages and everything else is supplied. The house was absolutely brilliant - great décor and well appointed. They have thought of everything here right down to hot water bottles, beach towels, free wifi (loved that!) and a great kitchen.
Vanessamills20, Hamilton, New Zealand
Excellent weekend. Myself and 3 12 yr old boys stayed in the SuperIntendents quarters for the long weekend. Fantastic weekend. Being picked up off the ferry by the local host and having our bags transported to the lodge was an unexpected bonus. Very clean modern basic accommodation set up - dishwasher, lots of fridges, great space etc and great value for money.
Markaiten, Auckland, New Zealand
Stayed at Serenity Holiday Homes Beautiful Bach with ample room and walking distance to Ladies beach. Exceptionally clean, well organized and kitted out. The island has stunning beaches with crystal clear water. We were lucky to time our visit with a Kiwi release so got to see one up close. The island also has Takahe and other bird life. We would highly recommend Rotorua for a weekend, especially for families.
Historic and Beautiful. The island used to be run by the Salvation Army many years ago and alcoholics were sent here as part of their "drying out" period. Today it remains a treasure, reminding us of our past endeavours and an island sanctuary for some of our rare birdlife, including a breading program for Takahe.
Terry C, Auckland, New Zealand