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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

What a gem of a place Aroha Island is. We brought out 9 and 6 year olds here with the hope of seeing a wild kiwi and we were not disappointed. Seeing a Kiwi in the wild was a unique and special experience and we were so grateful to the staff for their help with this. It was spellbinding hearing...

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Aroha Island is not a holiday park in the traditional Kiwi sense. Not a sprawling site of packed in campers, no TV room, no big toilet & shower block, no games room, no shop, no lounge, nor bait station etc. Neither is it a DOC ground - it provides far more amenities than a DOC ground. It is somewhere in...

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Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We stayed in the Kiwi lodge, fabulous accomodation not luxury but good comfortable beds and everything you need, and the location more than makes up for anything you might miss. Great views and possibilities of Kiwi viewing as well make this a stay we will repeat.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Aroha Island. Wow! What a magic place. Only a few kilometres from Kerikeri, but in a world of its own. Tho it’s not really an island, being connected to the mainland by a causeway. It’s an amazing place to stay. We, being a group of friends, rented the house (Kiwi Cottage) and the two studios for a mid-winter 3-day weekend...

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Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights in our camper. After a month in NZ, I can honestly say that this little place is in my top 5. Gorgeous place to relax and swim during the day and the opportunity to spot brown kiwi at night, amazing! Be patient, you'll find them!

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1Thank PGONeill
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed on the island for a few weeks wwoofing and it was amazing. The staff and owners are so friendly and provide everyone with vital information about where and when to see the kiwis. We were lucky enough to see one for a few minutes!! The camp site is very peaceful with a lovely BBQ area and clean facilities....

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Thank Kellylow15
Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We loved staying here with our whanua. This was a special experience for us and looking for kiwis was magical two of our party saw one, There is always next time. It was so amazing feeling waking up to bird song and looking out at such a beautiful view. I would so love to live here. I think I left...

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1Thank KimHartley2016
Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 2 May 2016

We stayed for just 1 night while on a trip around the bay of islands. Since it is the end of the peak holiday season it was quiet and had few visitors. Very lucky for us we saw 2 wild kiwis on our night walk. Fantail cottage is basic but clean, the location idyllic

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Denbigh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 January 2016

Peaceful setting with beautiful views. The pitches were fine but not many with power. Best sites were beside the water on the lower level, but without power. Shores and kitchen were adequate and clean. No dump station so need to use Kerikeri municipal. 4 kiwis on site but difficult to find, however red torches provided for nighttime exploration.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Reviewed 19 November 2015

As all the camps in NZ also this one is overpriced for what you get: Small and not clean showers and kitchen and piece of land where you can camp. For 20$ per person I think it is way too much. Otherwise the staff is friendly and helpful with kiwi-spotting tips.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Aroha Island offers a range of accommodation: Aroha Kiwi Lodge, our bush cottages Fantail Cottage and Tui Cottage as well as beach and bush camping. It’s the perfect place to just relax or to use as a holiday base to explore the Bay of Islands. Aroha Island offers camping on one of our two beautiful campgrounds. Unpowered sites down by our sheltered Kerikeri inlet beach or a choice of powered or unpowered sites in our upper bush campground. Aroha Island is a 12ha sanctuary in the Kerikeri Inlet and is a short 12km drive north east of Kerikeri, in the stunning Bay of Islands. A causeway links the island to the mainland, providing permanent and convenient vehicle access. It is a natural haven with a wide diversity of New Zealand plants and birds including the rare North Island Brown Kiwi.(You must stay on the Island to go for a Kiwi walk or phone or email for a guided Kiwi tour). Stroll the private beach, kayak the inlet, take a bush walk, look for birds and check out the information in the Eco Centre. Please note because of the presence of Kiwi & the sensitive nature of the island, a “No Pets, No Smoking” policy is in place, thank you. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Aroha Island Ecocentre

Address: 177 Rangitane Road | RD1, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Price Range: RM379 - RM464 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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Aroha Island Ecocentre New Zealand/Kerikeri, Bay Of Islands
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“Non powered sites are by the water, powered sites are about 50m from water.”
 of 5 bubbles TheBigTravelBoss, 15 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Tui cabin is big and right in the middle of the forest!!”
 of 5 bubbles lanamom, 11 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Lodge is attached to exhibit area. Might be noisy during school outings or summer. Quiet for us at end of January. Other cottages are attached to each other...like a duplex. Go for the lodge and the views.”
 of 5 bubbles Skipatroller, 11 Feb 2015 | Read review
“there are cabins available”
 of 5 bubbles JEANZUk, 31 Jan 2014 | Read review
“Stayed in the Fantail cottage and loved it. Important tip: If you are not going to be bringing a vehicle, make sure you get a stock of food for yourself which would last you for your stay as the supermarkets are 12 Kms away.”
 of 5 bubbles travelst0ries, 1 Jun 2013 | Read review
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