Aroha Island Ecological Centre, Kerikeri

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  • We camped here on several occasions and also stayed in the Fantail cabin, great place staff are dedicated and very friendly, wonderful hosts and the camp grounds well maintained. We had a waterside ca...  more »
  • We stayed here for our last night in New Zealand and definitely for a great reason - to see a kiwi! The hosts were so welcoming and helpful, they even provided red filters to cover our torches and exp...  more »
  • I spent a morning here looking for birds. Beautiful site surrounded by water. Also looked like a great place to camp.  more »
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  • wonderful little gem of a campground! Very peaceful area surrounded by forest, sea & wetlands...amazing bird life, we actually saw a kiwi:-) in the forest 1 evening... u can hire kayaks as well. Good for tents, caravans & motor homes. Very clean kitchen & bathroom facilities. Loved it! !!
  • Beautiful place and quiet. We stayed for three nights and could absolutely stay longer. They have Kiwi birds on the Island and tried to see them at night but were not lucky. The staff is awsome. 😁
  • After a couple of nights hunting I had the enormous thrill of seeing a kiwi in the wild. This was an unforgettable experience, thank you so much for your work in the park and allowing this to happen. My advice for others looking for kiwi is: -use a very dim torch with a few layers of red cellophane - the kiwi hid when I first illuminated him, but then with my torch on the lowest setting, he was indifferent to the light and came within half a meter or so. -Stay perfectly still. Sit for 5-10 minutes listening, then move a few hundred metres and try again. As soon as I took a single step to follow him, he scuttled off, so they're very sensitive to noise. -Go alone or in a pair when there's no one else around. I saw him at 1.30am after about four hours. If they're not disturbed they make surprisingly loud breathing and scratching noises that you'll hear from quite far away, but others walking around will scare them off. -Be patient! I didn't see anything on the first night, and was close to giving up on the second, when suddenly there he was. Good luck!
  • One of the best opportunities to see Kiwis and many other birds in the wild. Peaceful and enchanting place with wonderful hosts and staff who go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. By staying there you will support this unique place..
  • This has been the greatest place in all of New Zealand that we visited. Amazing environment, amazing staff and facilities. Not a single thing about this place could be improved. We saw Kiwis roaming safely and free.

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