Rotoroa Island is a fantastic destination for boating and sailing, with a choice of sheltered coves and bays all around the island. If you're going to boat to Rotoroa Island, please read below for some important things you'll need to know.

After being closed to the public for over 100 years, we're thrilled to welcome the boating community back to Rotoroa Island. Island amenities include BBQs, picnic tables, fresh water fountain, and changing sheds.

Pests have successfully been eradicated from Rotoroa Island, making it the the safe haven for native birds and wildlife you'll find today.

A Sanctuary for Everyone

  • Before visiting Rotoroa Island, please help us protect our pest-free status by following our island care code, STOP and CHECK before you Go!
  • NO DOGS or other domestic animals are permitted on Rotoroa Island as they pose a threat to our endangered species. 
  • ​Please regularly monitor the marine forecast to make the most of the best shelter available around the island


The island is run by Rotoroa Island Trust (a NZ registered charity) which is inspired by connecting people with conservation. We receive no government or council funding so rely on visitors paying their day pass to help fund our island restoration. A day pass is $5 per adult and $3 per child or boaties ‘annual pass’. It’s an honesty box system; payable online or in our actual honesty boxes in Ladies Bay or at the entrance to our museum. Thanks in advance for your support.

Buy Day Pass online

If you visit Rotoroa Island regularly and would like to use our amenities, we also offer a yearly boat pass for just $110. This pass covers everyone on your vessel. If you'd like to purchase an annual pass, either

Buy Annual Pass online

If you don't have any cash with you, you're welcome to pay your landing fees via our online store, or make a direct transfer to our bank account as follows:

Rotoroa Island Trust

If you've made a direct transfer and need a receipt, please email [email protected] with the following information:

- Your name
- Boat name
- Your address if you'd like us to send you a receipt

The Rotoroa Island Trust is a registered charity.