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Aroha Island Ecological Centre

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Address: 177 Rangitane Loop Rd, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
Phone Number: (09) 407 5243
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Very relaxing, good to see ecology sites available

A bit off the beaten track and worth a visit. Good camping options with or without power and great bush walks. The information centre is worth visiting, or stay overnight... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A bit off the beaten track and worth a visit. Good camping options with or without power and great bush walks. The information centre is worth visiting, or stay overnight - options are available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My friends and I were there from 9.30 to 11.30pm and the 4 of us were looked after by our excellent guide, who told us about kiwis and their habits, what we had to look and listen out for before he took us out with our red torches into the darkness. The cost for this was NZ$40 per head (which... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We wanted to go camping after a New Year music festival and Keri Keri is somewhere we love so were delighted to hear about this place. Not only is it a lovely campsite only 10 mins drive from Keri Keri but it's also an eco sanctury that has 5 wild kiwis loving on this island (which is connected to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is an interesting spot, it isn't really an island and you drive right to the ecological centre. There is a campground and walkways. Kiwi are seen regularly here in the evenings. They also have a good education centre with birds and nests. Golden pheasant had been seen here in the past but no long thought to be here now.... More 

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Wellington, NZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Our interest is birding, and Aroha Island has great potential. There is a viewing platform over the mangroves from which we did see a number of elusive Banded Rail at high tide. The bush beside the camping ground also has a range of birds, but there seems to be more emphasis on keeping the visitors and campers happy, than preserving... More 

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Peachland, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Limited amenities from a camping perspective but beautiful area. We even went kiwi hunting at night! The hosts are friendly and very knowledgeable.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is worth the drive. The display is very interesting and the walks in the area are great.Volunteer staff are very friendly and helpful. We bought some parsley from them which has thrived. If you have time, do the walk to the historic Marsden Cross site nearby.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A very pleasant island to walk around with the potential to see kiwi on their night walks, so would recommend an overnight stay with good support facilities for campers and campervans. Beautifully attractive at high tide and peaceful setting for the tired traveller with an interesting bird display.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We stayed for the easter weekend expecting large crowds but we were pleseantly surprised to practically have the place to ourselves. The staff are very welcoming and the camping facilities are great for the price. We stayed on a tent site but the toilet facilities and showers were great. The main attraction is the fact of a night you can... More 

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Chelsfield, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Walking around in the dark with a single red LED light may not be for everyone but to see wild Kiwis where they have chosen to live is truly magical. Our guide, Hayden, was a great source of knowledge. Our trip only had 3 explorers which made the nonverbal communications easier. Although Aroha was an Island the introduction of a... More 

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