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Aroha Island Ecological Centre

Aroha Island


Aroha Island is a 12 ha sanctuary in the Kerikeri Inlet.  It is rich in cultural and natural history and hosts a large cross section of rare New Zealand plants and animals, including the North Island brown kiwi. The island’s biodiversity, history and natural beauty make it an inspirational place to visit. 

North Island brown kiwiWhen Dr Colin Little purchased the island in 1971 he set about restoring it, removing sheep and goats, replanting many varieties of native and exotic ornamental trees and slowly  removing exotic weeds. In 1984 a QEII open space covenant was registered on the title, ensuring the natural and historic values were protected in perpetuity and in 1991 the island was sold to QEII. It was Dr Little's intention that the Trust would preserve Aroha and maintain it as “open space” available for public use and education. The latter is provided through information and education programmes run at the Aroha’s Ecological and Education Centre.

SpoonbillVisiting the island is free for day trippers. Visitors can swim, walk across beaches, explore the bush or hire a kayak to trace the island’s coastline.

Camping sites, cottages and a lodge offer a range of accommodation options for those wanting to stay on. Aroha Island is perfect for retreats, conferences, meetings, weddings, but is equally suited to smaller groups and individuals who simply want to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and tranquillity the island offers.

Aroha Island is managed by Aroha Island Charitable Trust and a group of volunteers.

Discount for Trust members!

Aroha IslandThe Aroha Charitable Trust offers QEII National Trust members and members of our affiliated overseas trusts a 10% discount on venue hire and accommodation. 

For more information about the ecological centre, camping, accommodation and hire charges visit the Aroha Island website or contact the Aroha Island Ecological Centre.

Phone: +64 9 407 5243
Physical address:  Rangitane Road, Kerikeri 0294, Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand
Postal address: PO Box 541, Kerikeri 0245, New Zealand
Email: Aroha Island Manager

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