The island is a 12 hectare sanctuary in the Kerikeri Inlet and is a short 12km drive north east of Kerikeri, in the stunning Bay of Islands. A causeway links the island to the mainland, providing convenient vehicle access. It is a natural haven with a wide diversity of New Zealand plants and birds including the rare North Island Brown Kiwi.
Visitors can come by day or stay for a night or two and have the chance to see kiwi in their natural habitat. There is lots to do while here – stroll, take a picnic or a swim on the inlet beach, take a bush walk, watch the many bush and shore birds that frequent the island or just enjoy the peace and tranquility of the natural environment.
Our Eco Centre is open daily and full of interesting information and resources about the natural and cultural history of this unique place. It is a perfect venue for get-away retreats, conferences, meetings and other special events.
If you love nature and have a desire to see some of the unique plants and birds of New Zealand, you’ll love your time at Aroha Island.
A truly unique ecological experience awaits you!
“This must be one of NZ’s best kept secrets; a great experience”
“Really wonderful; unique. Love the cottage, thank you for a lovely stay. Fantastic to see kiwi in the wild and enjoy the walks”
“Great bird life, we really enjoyed the day and night walks, great environment and great affordable accommodation.”
Credits: Thank you to Lorenzo Ceccarelli for his photography work across the website (most, but not all photos are by him), Raphaëlle Classe for the beautiful video and Amiria Grenell/The Swan Sisters for accompanying music.