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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
It's kiwi chick hatching season and this Waitangi weekend, we've
got another gorgeous little fellow destined for a new home on
Come and join the Rotoroa Island and Aucklan.
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.
Following on from two successful summer seasons, Rotoroa and
Auckland Zoo are hosting another series of free events with a
Confirmed so far are:
13 February: Sea.
Another young Kiwi, hatched by the Auckland Zoo,
is to be released into it's new home on Rotoroa Island this
The ferry departs Pier 4, 139 Quay Street, at 8.45am
on Saturday - return.
From the archives: uncooked Xmas cake
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.
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Takahe are coming to Rotoroa Island but due to the recent
detection of a rat on the island, the release has had to be
Rotoroa and Auckland Zoo's field conservtion experts predict
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The chicks, hatched at Auckland Zoo from eggs collected
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Maud Tissink is Rotoroa's summer ranger. It's her role to
help inform visitors about the importance of biosecurity on
Maud is a tertiary student working towards a BSc in Ecology from
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.
4 oz butter
1 cup coconut
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
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 one recipe was submitted to Rotoroa's "No-Bake Ways for
Easy Days" recipe book by Mary Carrington. It's easy, and sounds
We'd love your feedback if you like trying our recipes .
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
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.
Rotoroa's pest eradication programme is now complete; bookings
are open for ferry travel and accommodation from Labour Weekend
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
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.
Rotoroa Island has won the 'Protecting our Biodiversity'
category of the Ministry for the Environment's annual Green Ribbon
The Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions by
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
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
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'.
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 .
Here are two dessert recipes from the Rotoroa archives:
ICE CREAM (courtesy of Maureen Woods)
2 eggs (separated)
2 cups of cream
Whip two cups of cream with two egg yolks. Heat two tables.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
If you're planning a visit over Easter, 360 Discovery is running
a Sunday timetable throughout the holiday. Check here for
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.
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
Rotoroa's exhibition centre has received a highly commended in
2011's NZ Timber Design Awards. For more information, click here.
Rotoroa Island's exhibition centre makes the cover of
Architecture NZ. The works of architects Rick Pearson and Justin
Marler is explored.
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
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.
The Herald's Michele Hewitson reveals what drives Rotoroa Island
Trustee, Chris Liddell. Click here to read more.
Chris Liddell writes on the future of philanthropy and how we
can get involved.
Click here to read the article.
After being off-limits to the public for 100 years, the Hauraki
Gulf's Rotoroa Island reopens, with a strong emphasis on art.
here to read the article.
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
John Gow's new model of giving matches benefactors with
rewarding projects for the public good.
Click here to read
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
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.
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.
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
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