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Aroha Island Ecological Centre

Address: 177 Rangitane Loop Rd, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
Phone Number: (09) 407 5243
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Ranked #5 of 8 Attractions in Kerikeri
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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English first
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84 reviews 84 reviews
34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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162 reviews 162 reviews
80 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Warsaw, Poland
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30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I recommend to visit the same day Rainbow Falls, a parrot place and Stone Store and the museum. We found it very interesting.

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Palmerston North,
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stayed here with our two children (5 and 2 years old) for 2 nights, and would have liked to stay for more. The kids loved the bush walks and the swing under the macrocarpa tree by the beach. The bird song was just incredible - I don't think I have ever heard tui and morepork making such a noise... More 

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Berkeley, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I stayed here in my campervan overnight. This is a little jewel in the north island. A wonderful place off the beaten track. The staff are very generous with their time and conversation and they supply special torches to find Kiwi at night (I saw one!). If you like quiet, communing with nature on a beautiful estuary, this is the... More 

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