For over 100 years, Rotoroa Island was an island apart, off-limits to all but a few souls isolated there for alcohol and drug rehabilitation in the care of The Salvation Army.
Today, following an extensive transformation, Rotoroa is accessible to everyone as an island sanctuary where visitors can connect with nature.
Rotoroa Island is about an hour by ferry from downtown Auckland. It is accessible by ferry, private boat, helicopter, water-taxi or seaplane.
360 Discovery ferries depart from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island on a regular but seasonal basis - more frequently in summer, weekends only in winter. The trip takes just over an hour, with a stop-off at Waiheke's Orapiu wharf on the way. You can also get to Rotoroa Island by ferry from Coromandel.
Rotoroa Island is open most days from dawn until dusk. Changing sheds, historic buildings, the museum and exhibition centre are open 10am - 5pm every day (except Christmas Day). Visitors are welcome on Christmas day, however note just the toilet facilities will be open.
Changing sheds for swimming
Fresh water fountain
Mobile phone coverage
No dogs or domestic animals
Bicycles are not permitted
Day visitors take their rubbish home
Biosecurity measures in effect
Camping is not permitted
Do not light fires