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Posted: 1st November 2016

Summer Volunteer Programme

Applications are open for our 2016-17 Summer Volunteer Programme. This is your chance to be actively involved in a working wildlife sanctuary. Check out our volunteering options to get an idea w.  MORE >

 
Posted: 13th June 2016

Corporate volunteer day winter 2016

Why not bring a team of people and help conservation in the Gulf by planting trees on Rotoroa. Ever year we dig in thousands of trees to help supplement the extensive planting already thriv.  MORE >

 
Posted: 13th April 2016

Field trip bookings for term 4 now open

Facilitated by experienced Auckland Zoo educators, year 5 to 13 students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities based on current conservation fieldwork practices on Rotoroa I.  MORE >

 
Posted: 16th March 2016

Final Conservation Series talk this Sunday

Rotoroa was once a sanctuary for people, now it's a sanctuary for wildlife. Join island manager Phil Salisbury and ecologist Jo Ritchie, as they share their knowledge and passion for Rotoroa's s.  MORE >

 
Posted: 7th March 2016

Amazing invertebrates event: Sunday 13 March

Come along and learn about the invertebrates (or insects) on Rotoroa Island. From giant centipedes to giant weta, Auckland Zoo's Don McFarlane will explore Rotoroa's current and future inve.  MORE >

 
Posted: 24th February 2016

Children's Seaweek Day 6 March 2016

Coinciding with world Children's Day is this kid-focussed day of marine activities on Rotoroa Island. Join marine biologist Dannie Cullen as she challenges kids to explore the sandy and rock.  MORE >

 
Posted: 15th February 2016

Come and celebrate our fifth anniversary – Sunday 21 February

Come and help us celebrate five years since Rotoroa opened to the public with a day of behind-the-scenes tours and animal releases. Join us for afternoon tea, help release skinks and see our lat.  MORE >

 
Posted: 10th February 2016

Sea and shore birds on Rotoroa - weekend talk

Join Auckland Zoo's bird expert, Claudine Gibson, when she gives a guided tour around sea and shorebird sites on Rotoroa Island. Claudine will explain some of the fascinating tools field conserv.  MORE >

 
Posted: 9th February 2016

Mid-week kiwi chick release! Thursday 11 Feb

We've got another kiwi chick ready for a new home on Rotoroa Island. If you're still on holiday or looking for a conservation experience mid-week, come and join us and help make this little bird.  MORE >

 
Posted: 3rd February 2016

Kiwi chick to be released this Waitangi weekend

It's kiwi chick hatching season and this Waitangi weekend, we've got another gorgeous little fellow destined for a new home on Rotoroa Island. Come and join the Rotoroa Island and Aucklan.  MORE >

 
Posted: 26th January 2016

Kiwi chick to be released this weekend

Looking for a special experience in the Hauraki Gulf this weekend? Then visit Rotoroa Island for the release of a little kiwi chick on Saturday 30 January. The chick is a male, and his name is.  MORE >

 
Posted: 13th December 2015

Summer conservation series announced for 2016

Following on from two successful summer seasons, Rotoroa and Auckland Zoo are hosting another series of free events with a conservation theme.  Confirmed so far are: 13 February: Sea.  MORE >

 
Posted: 10th December 2015

Kiwi chick to be released this Saturday (1)

Another young Kiwi, hatched by the Auckland Zoo, is to be released into it's new home on Rotoroa Island this weekend. The ferry departs Pier 4, 139 Quay Street, at 8.45am on Saturday - return.  MORE >

 
Posted: 19th November 2015

Uncooked Christmas Cake Recipe

From the archives: uncooked Xmas cake recipe This Christmas slice comes from "No-bake ways for easy days", a cookbook complied by the ladies living on Rotoroa Island during the 1980s. There a.  MORE >

 
Posted: 5th November 2015

Don't miss our Conservation Week Warrior Day on Sunday!

Join us on Rotoroa Island this weekend, for a day of interactive fun exploring conservation in the Hauraki Gulf. Rotoroa is pest free and the Gulf's newest wildlife sanctuary, so why not come .  MORE >

 
Posted: 9th October 2015

Zoo's 300th ONE kiwi released on Rotoroa

A noisy little kiwi named Tīhoihoi (meaning Maori for raucous) is today settling in to life on Rotoroa Island, becoming the 300th kiwi chick that Auckland Zoo has successfully incubated, hatched.  MORE >

 
Posted: 8th October 2015

Kiwi chick to be released this Saturday

If you watched Auckland Zoo's footage of a kiwi chick hatching a few weeks ago, you might be interested to know that this very same kiwi is now big enough to be released on Rotoroa Island. Join .  MORE >

 
Posted: 24th September 2015

Pateke released on Rotoroa

Pāteke (brown teal) were released onto Rotoroa Island on 24 September - a move that will boost advocacy and educational opportunities for this endangered endemic waterfowl, as well as contribute.  MORE >

 
Posted: 1st September 2015

Last volunteer planting day Saturday 5 September

Fancy a day out in the Hauraki Gulf helping create habitats for the fantastic Duvaucel's Gecko? This amazing native reptile is only found on offshore islands and Rotoroa hopes to provide a home f.  MORE >

 
Posted: 5th August 2015

BBC visits Rotoroa

BBC Travel visited Rotoroa last month, attracted by the island's growing reputation as a sanctuary doing things differently when it comes to conservation. See snippets from BBC Travel with report.  MORE >

 
Posted: 30th July 2015

Rotoroa Island makes international headlines

Rotoroa and Auckland Zoo made international headlines recently when BBC Travel visited the island to find out more about our conservation and education programmes. Check out the story online&g.  MORE >

 
Posted: 29th July 2015

Last volunteer planting day this Sunday!

Don't miss our last planting day this weekend. We're focussing on coastal planting to help stop shore erosion, as well creating habitats for lizards and insects. It's a great day out so book you.  MORE >

 
Posted: 8th July 2015

Volunteer planting this Sunday

The first of Rotoroa's volunteer planting days is happening this Sunday (12 July). You'll be helping to create animal habitats so come along and get your gloves dirty. Check our what's on page f.  MORE >

 
Posted: 2nd June 2015

Volunteer dates for winter

Winter tree planting days are open for bookings. Whether you're an individual or part of a organisation looking for a team building day out in the Gulf, we'd be grateful for your help. Volunteers.  MORE >

 
Posted: 28th May 2015

Volunteer Day Monday 1 June

Join us for a beach-clean up on Queen's Birthday Monday. There'll be home baking and a feel-good factor, plus a couple of Auckland Zoo wildlife experts will be out and about on the day. You migh.  MORE >

 
Posted: 25th May 2015

Rotoroa Island Trust celebrates arrival of takahe

Rotoroa and Auckland Zoo welcomed the arrival of our first breedng pair of takahe yesterday. The sun shone and the birds, named Teichelman (male) and Silberhorn (female), headed straight for the.  MORE >

 
Posted: 22nd May 2015

Takahe release moved to Sunday 24 May

Due to adverse weather conditions forecast for tomorrow, the release of takahe on Rotoroa Island has been moved to the rain date of Sunday 24 May. If you have booked your ticket thro.  MORE >

 
Posted: 12th May 2015

Takahe scheduled for release Sat 23 May 2015

A breeding pair of takahe will be released at a public event this month. Don't miss your chance to see one of our rarest birds and talk to conservation experts. Book your tickets through 360 Dis.  MORE >

 
Posted: 23rd April 2015

Rotoroa and Auckland Zoo make the Guardian

The conservation philosophy behind the populating of Rotoroa Island with endangered native species, was featured in the UK's Guardian newspaper this month. We're rather proud of this fantastic i.  MORE >

 
Posted: 20th April 2015

Takahe release postponed until May or June

Takahe are coming to Rotoroa Island but due to the recent detection of a rat on the island, the release has had to be delayed. Rotoroa and Auckland Zoo's field conservtion experts predict tha.  MORE >

 
Posted: 16th April 2015

TAKAHE RELEASE POSTPONED

The takahe release scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed. The recent discovery of a rat on the previously pest free island means the release can no longer go ahead. "In the interest o.  MORE >

 
Posted: 24th March 2015

Easter recipe: hot cross buns

This is actually the Salvation Army's recipe for 'yeast rolls' which has a variation for hot cross buns. If you or the kids aren't keen on dried fruit, you could try another variation which is c.  MORE >

 
Posted: 10th March 2015

2014 Rotoroa Annual Report published

We've just published our first ever annual report. It's a bit of a five-year review document, so if you're interested in seeing what the Rotoroa Island Trust has achieved over the last five years.  MORE >

 
Posted: 5th March 2015

Rotoroa Seaweek event Saturday 7 March

Join us for a day of fun-filled family activities this Saturday 7 March as we participate in National Seaweek by celebrating all things marine on our island sanctuary. There'll be crafting and.  MORE >

 
Posted: 27th February 2015

Be part of a kiwi release Saturday 28 February!

We'll be releasing another kiwi chick on Saturday so don't miss your chance to be part of a special conservation experience with our experts and partners from Auckland Zoo. As usual, the event is.  MORE >

 
Posted: 16th February 2015

Reptiles on Rotoroa with Auckland Zoo this Saturday

Moko skinks have just been released on Rotoroa, and this Saturday (21 February), you'll get the chance to hear the wonderful Richard Gibson share his passion for all thinks reptilian. Richard is.  MORE >

 
Posted: 12th February 2015

Summer Conservation starts on Valentine's Day

Why not combine a little romance with a trip to Rotoroa on Saturday 14 February? Our Summer Conservation Series kicks off with Auckland Zoo's Ian Fraser, who will talk about the island's wildlif.  MORE >

 
Posted: 5th February 2015

Kiwi release on Saturday 7 February 2015

Join us on Rotoroa this Saturday for the release of a kiwi chick. The bird, which is yet to be named, will join six others already resident on the island. As usual, the event is free to attend.  MORE >

 
Posted: 20th January 2015

Summer Conservation Series 2015

Following on from last year's successful season of conservation walks and talks, the Rotoroa Island Trust and Auckland Zoo have organised a further series of summer events, from a photography day.  MORE >

 
Posted: 13th January 2015

Moko skink releases Saturday 17 January 2015

Moko skinks are being released this month, so if reptiles are your thing, book a ticket through 360 Discovery Cruises, and join us for the day. The skinks will be released into specially desig.  MORE >

 
Posted: 1st December 2014

Recipe from the archives: Fig and ginger Christmas cake

Here's a Christmas cake from our archives which has a bit of a delicious twist: figs and crystallised ginger. We haven't tried this one in recent times, so let us know what it's like. Sounds goo.  MORE >

 
Posted: 1st December 2014

Minister opens new school room

MINISTER OF CONSERVATION OPENS NEW SCHOOL ROOM Rotoroa Island has a new purpose-built school house. It was officially opened by the Minister of Conservation, the Hon. Maggie Barry on Friday 28.  MORE >

 
Posted: 14th November 2014

Rotoroa Island has six new kiwi chicks

Rotoroa is now home to six Coromandel brown kiwi. The birds, which are between one and two months old, will spend the next 18 months on pest free Rotoroa before being returned to the wild. Wan.  MORE >

 
Posted: 3rd November 2014

Public kiwi releases on Saturday 15 November

Come along and be part of a special event to release two kiwi chicks on Rotoroa. Get in quick to secure your spot; numbers are limited. The chicks, hatched at Auckland Zoo from eggs collected .  MORE >

 
Posted: 23rd October 2014

Kiwi released on Rotoroa

Kiwi are now roaming Rotoroa Island after six kiwi chicks, hatched at Auckland Zoo from eggs collected from Te Mata in The Coromandel, were released on the during October and November. The int.  MORE >

 
Posted: 20th June 2014

Comfort food from the archives

Some of you may have enjoyed weiner schnitzel in the 1980s; if you've forgotten all about it, or if you've never tried it, here's a very quick and simple recipe to enjoy. Popular with little peop.  MORE >

 
Posted: 12th June 2014

Winter planting dates announced

Interested in conservation? Help us continue the restoration of Rotoroa Island's natural heritage by helping with our winter tree planting schedule. Planting days on Rotoroa have been scheduled .  MORE >

 
Posted: 14th May 2014

First endangered birds released on Rotoroa

Forty tīeke (saddleback) and 40 pōpokotea (whitehead) were flown from Hauturu o Toi (Little Barrier) to Rotoroa Island yesterday (13 May 2014) - the first wildlife species to be introduced to thi.  MORE >

 
Posted: 19th February 2014

Rotoroa sanctuary plan goes live

Auckland Zoo has released its comprehensive wildlife survey and management plans for Rotoroa Island. These documents outline what animals are already at home on Rotoroa, and which ones will be i.  MORE >

 
Posted: 28th January 2014

Spotlight on Rotoroa ranger Maud Tissink

Maud Tissink is Rotoroa's summer ranger. It's her role to help inform visitors about the importance of biosecurity on Rotoroa. Maud is a tertiary student working towards a BSc in Ecology from .  MORE >

 
Posted: 24th January 2014

Recipe from the archives: jaffa fudge cake

Everyone loves fudge cake, but this version has a zesty twist involving oranges and condensed milk. Thanks to the Ladies of Rotoroa's recipe book. INGREDIENTS 4 oz butter 1 cup coconut .  MORE >

 
Posted: 24th December 2013

Summer Conservation Series 2014

Here's another reason to come and explore Rotoroa Island this summer; a series of specialist walks and talks. Enjoy our island hospitality and get to spend some time with our fantastic friends.  MORE >

 
Posted: 12th December 2013

Auckland Zoo and Rotoroa partnership turns one!

A year ago today, Rotoroa Island and Auckland Zoo formed a special partnership to establish a wildlife sanctuary on Rotoroa Island. There's a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make this .  MORE >

 
Posted: 15th November 2013

Summer recipe: Banana delight

This one recipe was submitted to Rotoroa's "No-Bake Ways for Easy Days" recipe book by Mary Carrington. It's easy, and sounds delicious. We'd love your feedback if you like trying our recipes .  MORE >

 
Posted: 15th November 2013

Zoo and Rotoroa wildlife plan launched

A draft plan for the reintroduction of native species on Rotoroa was presented to the island's working group last month. The plan outlines not only animals identified as suitable for establish.  MORE >

 
Posted: 15th November 2013

Spotlight on Phil Salisbury

Island manager Phil Salisbury was eight years' old when he first moved to Rotoroa. His father was a Salvation Army house manager, caring for the welfare of male patients. "I loved my time on.  MORE >

 
Posted: 11th October 2013

Island to reopen Labour Weekend

Rotoroa's pest eradication programme is now complete; bookings are open for ferry travel and accommodation from Labour Weekend 2013.  MORE >

 
Posted: 15th August 2013

Spotlight on Tali Jellyman: Auckland Zoo

When the Rotoroa Island Trust and Auckland Zoo announced they were forming a partnership to establish a wildlife sanctuary on the island last year, education was an intrinsic part of the project.  MORE >

 
Posted: 5th August 2013

Vic's Lemon Biscuits Recipe

Participants of Rotoroa's volunteer days are usually in for a culinary as well as an environmental treat - home baking prepared by Rotoroa staff. Our last day in June was enthusiastically atte.  MORE >

 
Posted: 10th June 2013

Rotoroa wins Green Ribbon Award

Rotoroa Island has won the 'Protecting our Biodiversity' category of the Ministry for the Environment's annual Green Ribbon Awards. The Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions by or.  MORE >

 
Posted: 31st May 2013

Volunteer planting dates set for June

Two dates have been allocated in June for volunteers to help with planting on Rotoroa. So if you're keen to lend a hand, put Saturday 22 or 29 June in your diary. 360 Discovery Cruises offer a 4.  MORE >

 
Posted: 23rd May 2013

Rotoroa a finalist in Green Ribbon awards

Rotoroa Island has been named as a finalist in the 2013 Green Ribbon Awards, a Ministry of Environment nod to communities, organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions to prote.  MORE >

 
Posted: 19th March 2013

New Rotoroa hostel accommodation now open

We've just opened The Superintendent's House: shared accommodation for up to 18 people. Come and take a peak at this charming, family-friendly hostel. It's byo linen, food and beverage, but you can'.  MORE >

 
Posted: 1st March 2013

Seaweek Family Day Sunday 10 March 2013

Join us on Rotoroa Island on Sunday 10 March when we celebrate national Seaweek with a day of sea-themed activities. 360 Discovery Cruises are offering a 10% discount off the usual ferry fare, and .  MORE >

 
Posted: 1st March 2013

From the archives: ginger ice cream

Here are two dessert recipes from the Rotoroa archives: ICE CREAM (courtesy of Maureen Woods) 2 eggs (separated) 2 cups of cream Honey Whip two cups of cream with two egg yolks. Heat two tables.  MORE >

 
Posted: 17th December 2012

Auckland Zoo and Rotoroa

Today, Auckland Zoo and Rotoroa Island have announced a special partnership aimed at saving some of New Zealand's most endangered species from extinction. This partnership will ensure that the isla.  MORE >

 
Posted: 6th November 2012

Boutique lodge coming soon!

Rotoroa Island is in the process of developing a new holiday home - a boutique lodge offering dormitory style accommodation for up to 18 people. The lodge, named The Superintendent's House, has a.  MORE >

 
Posted: 19th October 2012

Ngati Paoa to bless sculpture during Artweek

Local iwi Ngati Paoa, will bless Chris Booth's sculpture, Kaitiakai, as part of Rotoroa's Artweek 2012 event on Sunday 4 November.       Storytelling through art has been a.  MORE >

 
Posted: 4th October 2012

From the archives: no-bake custard squares

Recipe by Thelma Smith, from the "No-Bake Ways for Easy Days" booklet, compiled by the ladies of Rotoroa, 1986. Using Huntly and Palmer's Cream Cracker biscuits, cover the bottom of a tupperware co.  MORE >

 
Posted: 4th October 2012

Spotlight on Jo Ritchie, Rotoroa Ecologist

This month, we profile one of the special people involved in Rotoroa's environmental restoration. Jo Ritchie is currently business manager for Treescape Environmental, and has been instrumental in r.  MORE >

 
Posted: 25th September 2012

Assistant caretakers sought for Rotoroa Island

The Rotoroa Island Trust is seeking a couple to fill the positions of Assistant Caretakers, to work for the Managers living on the Island and assist them with the daily running of Rotoroa. You will.  MORE >

 
Posted: 28th August 2012

Auckland Heritage Festival Sunday 30 September

Discover Rotoroa's unique history by taking a guided walk as part of Auckland's 2012 Heritage Festival. Island manager Phil Salisbury will take participants on a tour around significant island sites.  MORE >

 
Posted: 25th July 2012

2012-2013 Volunteer Programme

Having trialled a range of corporate and public voluteer days this year, Rotoroa Island will soon launch its official volunteer programme commencing spring 2012 and running through summer 2013. If .  MORE >

 
Posted: 12th June 2012

Next volunteer day scheduled for Sunday 15 July

Keen to help with the ongoing maintenance and planting programme on Rotoroa? Then join us for the last volunteer day of the season. We're tree planting, and if you want to help, 360 Discovery Cruise.  MORE >

 
Posted: 7th May 2012

New volunteer day set for 15 July 2012

Keen to help the reforestation of Rotoroa Island? Then come along for our next volunteer day on Saturday 26 May. You'll get a discounted ferry fare, and get to work alongside the great conservation .  MORE >

 
Posted: 2nd April 2012

Easter timetable

If you're planning a visit over Easter, 360 Discovery is running a Sunday timetable throughout the holiday. Check here for details>  MORE >

 
Posted: 20th February 2012

Rotoroa community volunteer day

We've just held our first community volunteer day! Thanks to the enthusiastic teams who turned out in fabulous weather, to help us restore Rotoroa's natural environment.    MORE >

 
Posted: 12th December 2011

Rotoroa accommodation wins 4-star plus rating

Rotoroa Island's accommodation has secured a 4-star plus rating (Holiday Homes) from Qualmark. The island has also received an Enviro Gold rating under the five international categories of waste, wa.  MORE >

 
Posted: 18th October 2011

Exhibition centre wins award

Rotoroa's exhibition centre has received a highly commended in 2011's NZ Timber Design Awards. For more information, click here.  MORE >

 
Posted: 17th August 2011

Architecture NZ: Rotoroa Island Visitor Centre

Rotoroa Island's exhibition centre makes the cover of Architecture NZ. The works of architects Rick Pearson and Justin Marler is explored.  MORE >

 
Posted: 13th April 2011

Landmark Chris Booth sculpture installed

The lastest work by renowned New Zealand artist Chris Booth, was installed on Rotoroa Island this week. Sited on the island's southern headland, the as yet unnamed work has been commissioned in memo.  MORE >

 
Posted: 5th April 2011

NZ Herald - A monumental gift

After a century of healing the body and soul, the Hauraki Gulf island of Rotoroa has embarked on a new century to heal the land. The Herald's Bernard Orsman profiles Rotoroa's past and future. Click.  MORE >

 
Posted: 5th April 2011

NZ Herald's Michele Hewitson on Chris Liddell

The Herald's Michele Hewitson reveals what drives Rotoroa Island Trustee, Chris Liddell. Click here to read more.  MORE >

 
Posted: 3rd March 2011

NZ Herald - Enrich your life and offer gifts that keep giving

Chris Liddell writes on the future of philanthropy and how we can get involved. Click here to read the article.  MORE >

 
Posted: 3rd March 2011

Art News New Zealand - Transformation of an Island

After being off-limits to the public for 100 years, the Hauraki Gulf's Rotoroa Island reopens, with a strong emphasis on art. Click here to read the article.  MORE >

 
Posted: 3rd March 2011

NZ Herald - Rotoroa Island open to public after 100 years

The $30 million-plus gift of the Hauraki Gulf island of Rotoroa is a tremendous example of how philanthropy can work in New Zealand, says General Motors' chief financial officer and Mt Albert Gramma.  MORE >

 
Posted: 3rd March 2011

Idealog - Salvation Island

John Gow's new model of giving matches benefactors with rewarding projects for the public good.   Click here to read the article.  MORE >

 
Posted: 24th February 2011

New Zealand Boating - Return to Rotoroa

AN ALCOHOL or drug addiction was your only ticket onto Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf for nearly 100 years. But that is about to change with the Salvation Army-owned land to be opened up to the .  MORE >

 
Posted: 25th January 2011

The Aucklander - Gulf Course

Neal and Annette Plowman have leased Rotoroa Island from the Salvation Army for 99 years, and formed a trust to create a conservation park and restore historical sites. We take the first look at the.  MORE >

 
Posted: 25th January 2011

NZ Herald - Couple give island to Auckland

A Hauraki Gulf island used as an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre for 100 years is being gifted to Auckland by a couple who made a fortune selling towel supplies. Philanthropists Neal and Ann.  MORE >

 
Posted: 11th December 2010

Rotoroa - To Open 27 February 2011

Sunday 27 February 2011 - Be among the the first to visit Rotoroa for the first time in 100 years. Whether you catch a ferry, sail or motor boat your way to the island you will be welcome to explore.  MORE >

 
 

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