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Aroha Island Ecological Centre

177 Rangitane Loop Rd, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
(09) 407 5243
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Ranked #4 of 8 attractions in Kerikeri
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Most recent review
- Jun 17, 2014
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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,
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 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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Saltash, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We came upon Aroha by chance when looking for a campsite and were given a very enthusiastic welcome, lots of information about kiwis and were even lent red torches to go on a self-guided safari. The campsite was very peaceful - apart from some tuis but who could complain about them?! - with simple but immaculate faciilties. We walked around... More

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Washington, DC
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37 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We stopped here, and were pleasantly surprised at the enjoyable walking track. The path is quiet, easy and relaxing. The beach is very rocky, but there are several picnic tables overlooking the water. The staff at the nature center are very helpful and friendly. Be sure to check in when you arrive.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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68 reviews 68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Take a walk around this wee island and see the most beautiful bird life, estuary views and tranquil seas. Great spot to camp in the warmer months. Just a lovely wee spot to be in nature and virtually have it all to yourself

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The Hague, The Netherlands
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The island is small and easy to walk around - it doesn't take more than half an hour. It's perfect if you want to get closer to some NZ bush and birds. The little map you're given has interesting information about the different stops. It's a nice place for a picnic. You can also go kayaking, and they have a... More

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