December, 2020

2020Sat05Dec8:45 am5:15 pmKiwi Release on Rotoroa Island8:45 am - 5:15 pm Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland 1010, New ZealandType:EnvironmentalWhere:Gulf IslandsAges:All Ages

Kiwi bird being released into the wild

Event Details

A Coromandel brown kiwi chick is being released on Rotoroa Island and you’re invited!

Rotoroa Island is one of the few predator-free islands in the Hauraki Gulf, which acts as a creche for kiwi. Kiwis left in the wild have about a 5% survival rate, so we’re part of the national kiwi recovery programme to help give young kiwi chicks the best chance possible. By releasing kiwi chicks in our safe island environment, the survival rate is brought up to 50-60%.

This kiwi chick is coming from Auckland Zoo in partnership with Kiwis for kiwi and Thames Coast Kiwi Care.

Day Plan

08:45 am – Ferry departs downtown Auckland​
10:00 am – Ferry arrives at Rotoroa Island
11:00 am- Short welcome and introduction to kiwi chick  (Home Bay)  and 11:30am Explore Rotoroa Island (if not on Guided Walk)
1:00 pm – Guided Nature Walk (Bookings required)
5:15 pm – Ferry departs Rotoroa Island

Getting to Rotoroa Island

Fullers360 ferries depart from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island  The trip takes just over an hour, with a stop-off at Waiheke’s Orapiu wharf on the way to Rotoroa Island.

Photo credit: Abi Donovan


Release event is free, but usual ferry ticket pricing applies.

Ferry bookings are required: 


Rotoroa Island