Visiting Rotoroa Island

Closed to the public for nearly 100 years, Rotoroa Island is now a sanctuary for wildlife and home to endangered native species including kiwi, tīeke, takahē, pāteke and skinks.

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.


  1. Changing sheds for swimming

  2. Fresh water fountain

  3. Toilets

  4. Mobile phone coverage

  1. Electric BBQs

  2. No dogs or domestic animals

  3. Bicycles are not permitted

  4. Day visitors take their rubbish home

  1. Biosecurity measures in effect

  2. Camping is not permitted

  3. Do not light fires

  4. Accommodation available