Thursday 17 February 2011, 11:15AM
By Waiheke News


Rotoroa Island has been off limits for a hundred years, but from the end of this month a ferry service will enable visitor access. Situated south-east of Waiheke Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, the island is locally known for its occupation by recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, in a Salvation Army facility. The island remains owned by the welfare organisation, but the generosity of current leaseholders Neal and Annette Plowman have enabled the transition to a visitor destination. Historic buildings and a revegetation project are some of the features to be enjoyed on the tiny 200 acre island. Waiheke locals and visitors can catch the ferry from Orapiu wharf, a 20 minute trip. From Auckland City, the voyage will take around 70 minutes. More information available on the Rotoroa and Salvation Army websites.