Guided Nature Walk
Discover Rotoroa Island by taking a scenic walk with one of the Island's rangers...
A 90-minute guided nature walk covers a large part of the island and is one of the best ways to experience an exciting range of different wildlife, including weka, tīeke (saddleback), takahē and pāteke (brown teal), while still allowing time to explore the rest of the island at your leisure.
You'll learn about the island's natural history, as well as the ongoing ecological restoration projects and the fascinating social history of Rotoroa Island.
Along the way the rangers will also point out some of the native plant species and their uses, and explain all about the ongoing work to keep the island predator-free.
Guided walks are suitable for all fitness levels, depart at the Exhibition Centre at Home Bay at 1pm* and cost $22 per adult, $11 per child or $60 for a family (2 adults & 2 children).
Spaces are limited to 15 people per group and bookings are essential - book online with your ferry ticket to avoid disappointment.
*Note, from Saturday 21 October guided walks will depart at 11:45am.
With a network of walking tracks, Rotoroa Island is easy to traverse in a day...
Southern Loop Track
Duration: 75 minutes.
This trail is the longest on Rotoroa Island, and takes you to some of the island's best highlights. The Southern Loop Track is suitable for visitors who want a walk that's a little bit more challenging. This off road track takes approximately 75 minutes and is of medium difficult – so be sure to wear sturdy shoes.
On this track you'll see some of the island's more dense planting initiatives as well as the stunning Chris Booth Sculpture. This track also takes you past the Men's Bay which is the perfect place to stop for a swim.
North Tower Loop Track
Duration: 45 minutes
The North Tower Loop track is a 45-minute walk from the Exhibition Centre, taking you across swimming beaches, wetlands, forest and a stunning view of the Hauraki Gulf. It's a classic Rotoroa Island walk and your best chance to see a mix of wildlife.
Mai Mai Bay Track
Duration: 10 minutes
Just 10 minutes return from the spot where it meets up with the North Tower Loop Track, the Mai Mai Track takes you right down to Rotoroa Island's west coast beach. Not only can you swim at Mai Mai Bay, but there's also a picturesque picnic spot where you can enjoy a seaside bite to eat within view of Waiheke Island.
Cable Bay Track
Duration: 30 minutes
The Cable Bay Track is only a 30-minute return trip from the place where it meets up with the North Tower Loop Track. This path takes you through the secluded Patatoa Point wetlands, and provides views of and access to Cable Bay – the largest swimming beach on the island. From here, you can look across the Hauraki Gulf and soak in views of our neighbour, Pakatoa Island.
If you are heading off unguided make sure you download a map below or pick up a map or what to see guide from the Museum before you start exploring.